DOJ Supporting Christian Baker

Sep 8, 2017

The Department of Justice sided with a Christian baker in a religious liberty case coming before the Supreme Court. The DOJ filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Christian baker. Jack Phillips agreed to sell a same sex couple a cake, but he declined to custom design a wedding cake citing his Christian beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission sanctioned Phillips for violating the state’ public accommodations law. One state official went so far as to compare Phillips to a Nazi. The Justice Department said in a statement, “Although public-accommodations laws serve important purposes, they —like other laws—must yield to the individual freedoms that the First Amendment guarantees. That includes the freedom not to create expression for ceremonies that violate one’s religious beliefs.” 80 congressional Republicans filed their own amicus brief supporting Phillips. The Supreme Court will begin its next term on October 2.