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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Com’n
Citation:138 S.Ct. 1719, 201 L.Ed.2d 35 (2018)
In 2012 a same-sex couple visited Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Colorado, to make inquiries about ordering a cake for their wedding reception. The shop’s owner told the couple that he would not create a cake for their wedding because of his religious opposition to same-sex marriages – marriages the State of Colorado itself did not recognize at that time. The couple sued in the Colorado Civil Rights Commission alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. The Commission decided that the shop’s actions violated the Act and ruled in the couple’s favor. The Colorado state courts affirmed the ruling and its enforcement order.
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