Same-sex wedding cake decision shows how we can all get along [Opinion]
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday to Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that forcing a baker to create a cake for the marriage of a same-sex couple was unconstitutional under the free exercise clause. While defenders of religious freedom won a legal victory, both sides – in fact, all Americans, religious or not – won for freedom of conscience and mutual tolerance.
Jack Phillips, the baker, told a same-sex couple that he would sell them all the products in his shop. However, he refused to create a cake for their wedding because he would not use his artistic expression to participate in a ritual that conflicted with his faith. The couple claimed unlawful discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission agreed.