Same-sex marriage cake controversy gets to Supreme Court

Dave Mullins sits with his husband Charlie Craig in Denver. The owner of a cake shop refused to make a wedding cake for the couple citing his religious beliefs and the couple then filed with the state's civil rights commission

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The Supreme Court announced Monday it will tackle a culture war powder keg - should a Christian baker who opposes gay marriage on religious grounds be forced to participate in a gay wedding?

The Supreme Court has set up a battle between the rights of LGBTQ Americans and proponents of "religious freedom".

No federal law requires businesses to serve all customers without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity.However, 21 states have "public accommodations" laws that include one or both phrases. They'll just accept that this is who our family is and not have ever anxious about it or felt that it wasn't a legitimate way to have a family.

The case, Peruta v. California, concerned a state law that essentially bans carrying guns openly in public and allows carrying concealed weapons only if applicants can demonstrate good cause.

The couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, filed a discrimination lawsuit in Colorado state courts against the baker and they won.

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take up New Jersey's bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, a case that could lead other states to seek a share of the lucrative market.

On Monday, The Supreme Court made a ruling to allow same-sex couples to be listed as parents on birth certificates.

Most recently, Attorney General Becerra joined a coalition of 17 states in filing an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to reject the Trump Administration's continued push to revive the discredited travel ban. "People's livelihoods should not be put in jeopardy in order to advance the LGBT agenda".

In a similar vein, one would expect Phillips then to be equally as unwilling to provide chocolate chip cookies to a gay couple's anniversary party because it was an expression of celebration against his religious beliefs.

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Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of the couple. "This has always been about more than a cake", he said.

Ms. Waggoner said the state's civil rights commission compared the baker's stance to "slave owners and perpetrators of the Holocaust".

The high court's decision on Monday (26 June) comes on the second anniversary of same-sex marriage being made legal in all 50 U.S. states.

Louisiana's admitting privileges law remains in court because the state appealed a ruling by District Judge John deGravelles that cited the Supreme Court's decision on the Texas law.

The case has lasted almost as long as Christie has been in office.

The court's taking up the issue now suggests at least the possibility that it would alter federal constitutional standards.

Conservative justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito dissented, insisting that "rational reasons exist for a biology-based birth registration regime".

It may not have any significance to the Supreme Court's ruling, but the sports landscape has shifted its stance overall on sports gambling over the years as well, aside from the National Football League and NCAA.

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