For the second time in less than three months, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted an amicus brief that puts it at odds with supporters of LGBTQ civil rights. This time, the department's brief was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission involves Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused due to his religious beliefs to make a wedding cake for same-sex couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.
Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store, in Lakewood, Colorado, in 2014. Brennan Linsley / AP file
Lower courts sided with the couple, stating that Philips' refusal violated Colorados non-discrimination law (Colorado is one of 21 states that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation). However, Phillips appealed these rulings to the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear the case this fall.
Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights," Acting ...