The U.S. Supreme Court just handed a major victory to the owners of a now closed Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, as Reuters reports:
“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling against the owners of an Oregon bakery who refused based on their Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
The justices sent the case back to the Oregon Court of Appeals so it can take a second look at its ruling against the bakery in light of the Supreme Court’s June 2018 ruling in a strikingly similar case from Colorado.”
BREAKING: Supreme Court sends Oregon case about baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple back to lower court for re-do in light of last years Masterpiece ruling
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) June 17, 2019
Here’s some backstory on this case, via Colorado Public Radio:
The Oregonian reports that lawyers for Melissa and Aaron Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, filed the petition to “question whether artists in public commerce are protected by the First Amendment when they decline to create expression that would violate their religious beliefs.” …
The Klein’s petition says that this case, should the Supreme Court hear it, “would allow the Court to resolve disagreements in the lower courts about the kinds of expression that merit First Amendment protection.”
The Kleins are seeking to overturn an Oregon state order to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they turned away.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries imposed the fine in 2015 after finding the Kleins had violated a state anti-discrimination law. An Oregon appeals court upheld the order, and the Oregon Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
More Supreme Court News:
Leftists and allied media prepare to attack Supreme Court if it loses The Leftist assault on the rule law is never-ending. https://t.co/A4P11FF2lh
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 16, 2019
With just two weeks left in the month of June, the justices have yet to issue rulings in 24 cases, including high-profile decisions that will affect the census citizenship question and partisan gerrymandering. https://t.co/4KmFgRyzWN
— The Hill (@thehill) June 17, 2019
Good morning from the Supreme Court, which is 24 opinions and probably 3 big lists of orders away from summer. We start at 9:30 with possible DACA and gay-wedding news. Then opinions at 10. pic.twitter.com/SoiIg676cc
— Greg Stohr (@GregStohr) June 17, 2019