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Supreme Court Will Hear Wedding Cake Case Involving Gay Couple

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In this March 10, 2014, file photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 12:38 PM

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case involving a Christian baker who denied a wedding cake to a Colorado couple because they were gay.

The upcoming court hearing comes after a Colorado court previously found that "law requires businesses to serve customers without regard to sexual orientation," according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Supreme Court will now hear the case to determine if it's lawful for a company to deny services to a same-sex couple on the basis of religious beliefs.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious legal group, is representing the Christian baker, Jack Phillips, in the Supreme Court case, according to BuzzFeed News.

"We were surprised," said Kristen Waggoner, general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom. "We hope that Americans with a different viewpoint on marriage wouldn't be forced to express messages they disagree with."

Lawyers representing the gay couple argue that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Phillips, then that would communicate the wrong message to Americans across the country — a message that it's OK for people to discriminate against the LGBT community as well as other groups.

"This case isn't about cakes — it's about people being turned away from a business simply because of who they are," said James Esseks, head of the LGBT & HIV Project for the ACLU, according to BuzzFeed News.

"The ruling that the baker wants here would decimate our civil rights laws, not just for LGBT people but for all people protected by our nondiscrimination laws," he added. "Businesses could say, based on a person's religious belief, they will not serve these people or those people."

The incident in question took place in July 2012 when Charlie Craig and David Mullins ordered a cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, for their wedding.

At the time, Phillips, who owns the bakery, declined the order, citing his religious beliefs and how selling a wedding cake to a same-sex couple would be in violation of his beliefs.

"I'll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies and brownies, I just don't make cakes for same-sex weddings," Phillips said, at the time, according to court records.

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