When Colorado baker Jack Phillips was asked to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, he likely had no idea his polite refusal would snowball into one of the biggest First Amendment cases of the modern era.
Thanks to the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, Phillips was subject to a years-long court battle that culminated in a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that fell short of definitively affirming the baker’s right to decline his services to events he disagreed with on a religious basis, yet did rule that the Colorado Human Rights Commission had demonstrated undue hostility when addressing his case.
This left other Colorado business owners concerned that they could also be prosecuted under CADA if they declined to provide their services for same-sex weddings, such as web designer Lorie Smith of 303 Creative.
Smith, with the representation of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the firm that represented Phillips all the way to the […]
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