Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Sued Again after Refusing to Bake ‘Gender Transition’ Cake

"Autumn Scardina, a transgender Colorado woman, filed a civil suit against Phillips on Wednesday over his refusal to bake her a cake that was to be blue on the outside and pink on the inside in celebration of her transition." - N. Reivew

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Christian florist who refused to work gay wedding loses again in Washington court

"The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Washington court’s 2017 decision last June and sent the case back to the court for further consideration in light of the court’s 7-2 ruling in favor of Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips.

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Speech, Art, and the Masterpiece Cakeshop

"Phillips’ petition quotes Barnette that the point is to protect the private citizen from uttering “what is not in his mind.” On this basis the Supreme Court protected from punishment not just students from saying the Pledge, but an automobile owner who covered up the state motto “Live Free or Die” on his license plate." Center for Vision & Values

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Why Masterpiece Cakeshop Deserves to Win

In any nation that aspires to be free, freedoms will clash, and there will be winners and losers. Speeding laws limit the freedom to drive fast in favor of the freedom to drive safely. Theft laws limit the freedom to take things we want in favor of the freedom to keep what’s ours. In the retail setting, antidiscrimination laws limit the freedom to sell selectively in favor of the freedom to buy what we want without being turned away because the seller doesn’t like “our kind of people.”

Soon, the Supreme Court will rule in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (if it hasn’t already by the time this post appears). When it does, it’s likely that one set of freedoms will be protected or expanded, and another set will be limited. Which freedoms should prevail?

Though I’m not a lawyer, several features of the case are clear to me, and they point toward the conclusion that the Court ought to rule in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop.

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