On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a ruling against Oregon cake bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein back down to the state court system, asking that its rulings be reconsidered in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling last year in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
In that case, the Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated Jack Phillips’ religious liberty by disparaging his religious beliefs in deciding whether he had violated Washington state’s anti-discrimination statute by refusing to custom design a cake celebrating a same-sex union.
The Kleins, who also refused for religious reasons to custom design a cake for a same-sex wedding, were fined $135,000 for violating Oregon’s anti-discrimination policy and were forced to shut down their business. So the Kleins decided to take their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This is a victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans,” First Liberty President Kelly Shackelford said in a statement. “The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the Court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.”
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