Same-sex wedding cake controversy

Phillips runs his cake business guided by religious principles, closing on Sunday and refusing to make cakes containing alcohol or celebrating Halloween.

But Phillips appealed, represented by Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Supreme Court could hear the case as early as this fall.

In a statement from the Diocese of Venice to Fox 4, Director of Communications Susan Laielli wrote that "Religious Freedom is clearly defined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, and further supported in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) signed in to law in 1993".

The court will review a Colorado court decision that found baker Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop discriminated against the gay couple under Colorado law.

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According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas, same-sex females couples who had children before the legalization of same-sex marriage were required to get a court order in order to list their names on the birth certificate of a joint child.

Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which had petitioned the USA high court along with attorneys for the couples, said similar issues are being litigated in other states but Arkansas was the only court to rule this way. A win for the business could gut the nation's civil rights laws, licensing discrimination not just against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, but against anyone protected by our non-discrimination rules.

"They said you have to create cakes for same-sex couples, so he removed himself from the market". Now the Supreme Court will have the final decision. The court generally gives great weight to the solicitor general's input, but apparently, the judges feel this case deserves their attention. At a time when congress has a bunch of other problems on their hands, they aren't looking to strike down a 1992 law and replace it with something that okays gambling.

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No federal law requires businesses to serve all customers without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity.However, 21 states have "public accommodations" laws that include one or both phrases. The courts sided with the couple.

Members of these communities are likely swayed by the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and increased outreach to the LGBT community by faith leaders, said Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute.

Two years ago, the justices turned down a similar appeal from a wedding photographer in New Mexico.

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