Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
As the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, Jack Phillips is not in the business of turning away anyone. In fact, when two men came into his shop one summer afternoon asking Jack to design a cake for their same-sex wedding, Jack gave them the same answer he gave someone requesting a custom cake for a Halloween party or bachelor party. He told them he simply doesn’t design cakes for those events because he can’t participate in something or promote a message that conflicts with his faith. But he’d be happy to create something else for them.
Shortly after, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission sued Jack for sexual orientation discrimination. Now the United States Supreme Court must decide—does the Constitution protect Jack’s religious and artistic freedom or not? Can the government order creative professionals—or anyone for that matter—to celebrate events that violate their sincerely held beliefs?