Editors Note June 4, 2018

In a 7-2 decision the Supreme Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated a baker’s First Amendment rights to free speech when it punished Jack Phillip’s refusal to bake a custom-made cake for a gay couple who were getting married. Phillips objected to baking the cake, which he called an ‘artistic creation,’ on the grounds that gay marriage is against his religious beliefs. In a decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, Court said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed impermissible hostility to religion, the practice of which is protected by the First Amendment.