High court punts on Lambda case of Oregon baker refusing cake to lesbian couple Video below 2019-06-17
On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide if an Oregon baker can refuse on religious grounds to design a cake for a same-sex weddinga question it sidestepped last year, USA Today noted.
The new case involves Sweetcakes by Melissa, which was fined $135,000 for refusing to serve Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, who wanted a wedding cake. Melissa and Aaron Klein, who owned the bakery, closed the store.
Rather than hearing the case, the justices sent it back to a lower court to take its 2018 ruling (Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission) into consideration. In a seven-to-two ruling, the Court ruled on narrow grounds that the commission violated Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips' rights to free exercise.
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