FOUNDATION APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT RULING FOR COLORADO BAKERY
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MONTGOMERY, AL: The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to religious liberty and the strict interpretation of the Constitution as intended by its Framers, applauded Tuesday’s 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right of a Colorado bakery to decline for religious reasons to prepare a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
The majority opinion of Justice Kennedy recognized that the case involves both free exercise of religion and free speech, because a wedding cake can be a work of art that conveys a message. The opinion recognized that baker Jack Phillips is a “devout Christian” who “seeks to ‘honor God through his work at Masterpiece Cakeshop.'” The Court further found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward Phillips and his religious beliefs, thus violating his right to a “neutral and respectful consideration of his claims.”
Foundation President Kayla Moore hailed the ruling as a “victory for religious freedom everywhere.” She added, “The Foundation for Moral Law has always defended the right of those who believe in traditional marriage to practice and articulate their beliefs. We will continue to defend that right in the future, and we are grateful to God that the Supreme Court has in this case supported our position.”
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe observed that the Court’s reasoning ran parallel to arguments raised in the Foundation’s amicus brief supporting Masterpiece Cakeshop. “In that brief,” Eidsmoe said, “we argued that by not allowing Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips to follow his religious beliefs, Colorado had sent a ‘message of exclusion’ that Mr. Phillips was a second-class citizen. The Court said the Colorado ‘commissioners endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, implying that religious beliefs and persons are less than fully welcome in Colorado’s religious community.’ This reflects the Foundation’s argument.”
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