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In major Supreme Court case, Justice Dept. sides with baker who refused to make wedding cake for gay couple

In a major upcoming Supreme Court case that weighs equal rights with religious liberty, the…administration…sided with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

The Department of Justice…filed a brief on behalf of baker Jack Phillips, who was found to have violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to created a cake to celebrate the marriage…Phillips said he doesn’t create wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it would violate his religious beliefs.

The government agreed…that…“Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights,”…

…The DOJ also has taken the stance that gay workers are not entitled to job protections under federal anti-discrimination laws…Federal courts are split on that issue…

…The civil rights commission and a Colorado court rejected Phillips’ argument that forcing him to create a cake violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of expression and exercise of religion.

The court said the baker “does not convey a message supporting same-sex marriages merely by abiding by the law.”