Disputes over LGBT+ rights and religious freedoms return to the courts

Last summer the Supreme Court ruled narrowly in favor of Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, in the Masterpiece Cake Shop case. The ruling failed to answer the question of whether religious freedom should take precedent over state and city anti-discrimination laws, and in its wake similar cases have already began to bubble up.

In Colorado, Jack Phillips is again suing Colorado’s commission on civil rights for harassment, after his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition led the state to file an administrative complaint against him under the state’s anti-discrimination law. Brush & Nib Studios, an Arizona business that designs custom invitations for events like weddings is challenging the state’s anti-discrimination law, saying that designing an invitation for a same-sex marriage would violate their religious beliefs.

Both cases are being brought by prominent anti-LGBT+ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom. As both cases make their way through lower courts, many anticipate another Supreme Court case.

Read more at National Public Radio.


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