Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, saying that the state commission issued unfair penalties against Phillips for declining to decorate a cake for a same-sex wedding. While establishing that Phillips’ First Amendment right to free exercise of religion was violated, the Court’s decision also acknowledged that similar cases may be adjudicated differently, leaving the question unanswered as to whether Christian businesses will be protected from litigation when abstaining from providing services for same-sex weddings.

The Court's decision also made mention of clergy, and stated that pastors cannot be compelled to perform same-sex ceremonies if doing so violates his or her right to free exercise of religion. Read more here.

ECFA will continue to monitor court cases and legislation related to this issue.

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