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Supreme Court Takes on Case of Baker Who Refused to Make Gay Cake

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The case will decide if religious freedom trumps anti-discrimination laws. 

Let them eat rainbow cake. The Supreme Court announced today that in its next term, the highest court in the land will hear arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Civil Rights Commission case. The epic fight over frosting and fags began in 2012 when Jack Phillips of Lakewood, Colorado refused to create a cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig's big, fat, gay wedding.

The couple quickly filed discrimination charges against Phillips, who calls himself a cake artist, which is pretty gay. In response, he argued that his decision to only use his cake artistry for heterosexuals fell within his rights under the First Amendment's protection of free expression and religious freedom. The gag, of course, is that he also thought it overrode a Colorado anti-discrimination law.

The case went through to the Colorado appeals court, which ruled against Phillips, before making it to the desk of the Supreme Court. In a brief provided by his lawyer, he explains his reasoning for refusing to make a gay wedding cake: "He is happy to create other items for gay and lesbian clients, but his faith requires him to use his artistic talents to promote only messages that align with his religious beliefs. "Thus, he declines lucrative business by not creating goods that contain alcohol or cakes celebrating Halloween and other messages his faith prohibits, such as racism, atheism, and any marriage not between one man and one woman."

We're not sure what a cake infused with alcohol tastes like, but we have a feeling we'll need one when the case is reviewed by the Supreme Court.

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