The Hub LA asked Pride Legal attorney David Hakimfar about the US Supreme Court decision regarding a Colorado baker who refused to bake a same sex wedding cake. The Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, CO, claimed his religious beliefs wouldn’t allow him to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple.
The hight court’s decision did not rule that the baker could blindly discriminate against gay people. Rather, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s majority opinion suggested that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had been hostile to religion, because of the remarks of one of its members when it ruled against the baker.
In fact, Justice Kennedy’s written opinion supported protections for gay people. “The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts, all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”