Religious liberty battle still rages over gay marriage


USA Today provides a rather balanced account of the many religious liberty court cases across the country which have arisen precisely because the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 on same-sex “marriage.” Read more by clicking below for the full article.

It’s been nearly two years since the Supreme Court said gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. What it didn’t say was whether bakers, florists, printers and photographers could be forced to participate.

Now, it seems, the court may be tied in knots over the more mundane aspects of tying the knot.

For three months, through a dozen private conferences, the justices have had on their agenda the mysterious case of Jack Phillips, cake artist. The Colorado baker, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refuses to perform his artistry for same-sex couples on religious grounds. For that, he has lost a series of challenges and has taken his case to the highest court in the land.

The justices could agree to hear him out. They could take a pass, as they did with a similar challenge from a New Mexico photography studio in 2014, when same-sex marriage was limited to some states. Or they could wait for new developments — another case, perhaps, or even another justice. To date, they’ve kept mum.

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