Good news (for once) from the Supreme Court, which decided (7-2) in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012.
If you read the CNA-EWTN story about this (see here) it seems to rest on the Court’s support of an artist’s freedom to choose what and how he will express himself. If you read the Fox News story (see here) the Court’s decision was based more on a technicality than the broad issue of religious freedom: a principal argument for the baker was that members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission made statements derogatory of the baker’s religious belief.
The majority opinion was written by Justice Kennedy (the fence-sitter) with Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayer dissenting (a not-unexpected dissent). Justice Thomas concurred in the decision but wrote a dissenting opinion.
So, while we can be grateful for the decision, it does not seem to give a decisive step forward for freedom of relgious expression, that is to say: does that state still have the right to over-rule freedom of conscience? I’ll be interested to see what the legal beagles have to say about this.