• Whether owners of public accommodations can refuse certain services based on the First Amendment claims of free speech and free exercise of religion

Issues & Arguments

  • Does the application of Colorado's public accommodations law to compel a cake maker to design and make a cake that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs about same-sex marriage violate the Free Speech or Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment?

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Timeline

  • Aug 13, 2015 - the Commission’s order unanimously affirmed by the Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Jul 22, 2016 - the petition for a writ of certiorari was filed
  • Jun 26, 2017 - the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari
  • Dec 05, 2017 - The case argued
  • Jun 04, 2018 - The Supreme Court opinion

Outcome

  • The Court reversed in a 7-2 decision, holding that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's conduct in evaluating a cake shop owner's reasons for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the Free Exercise Clause
  • It was considered a narrow decision, not ruling on the broader intersection of anti-discrimination laws, free exercise of religion, and freedom of speech

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