Nathan Janson

THE SUPREME COURT – Tuesday, December 5th, the Supreme Court will begin to examine the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commision. The case is deciding whether or not Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colorado, had the right to deny making a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding, in protection of his Christian beliefs about marriage.

The issue first arose in July of 2012, when Charlie Craig and David Mullins, the same-sex couple, approached Masterpiece Cakeshop. Philips is a devoted Christian, and because of his beliefs, chose not to make a cake for this event.

The gay couple made a formal complaint, stating that it was a violation of their rights, and the Colorado state civil rights commision chose to sanction Philips for his actions. Philips is now represented by a conservative Christian nonprofit, called the Alliance Defending Freedom.

This decision is extremely significant because it states whether or not the LGBT community should have special civil rights in order to protect them from discrimination. The judges will have to decide whether or not a person’s civil rights outweigh another person’s religious rights.

Mrs. Simmons, a high school English teacher, says that Phillips had the right to deny making the cake for the gay couple, but does think that it is discriminatory, and questions whether or not it was ethical of Phillips to deny service. On the other hand, Seth Collins, senior, says that Phillips was not discriminating a people, but the event, and thinks that he should have the right to deny making the cake for the couple and that it was ethical.

“He ought to have the right to do so, as he is not denying any individual service, but is instead refusing to support an event that he morally disagrees with.”

It will still be a long time before the court reaches a verdict, but when they do, it will have a huge effect on the future of our nation.


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