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 that he would give someone requesting a cake for a Halloween party or any other event that conflicts with his faith. He told them he simply doesn’t design cakes for those events because he can’t use his artistic skills to celebrate an event that violates his faith. But he’d be happy to create something else for them.
Shortly afterwards, they picketed Jack’s shop and sued him. Now the United States Supreme Court must decide—does the Constitution protect Jack’s religious and artistic freedom? Can the government order creative professionals—or anyone for that matter—to celebrate events that violate their sincerely held beliefs?