Supreme Court ruling on gay couple’s wedding cake delights Laxalt

Attorney General and governor candidate Adam Laxalt applauded a U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving a baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

“Today the Supreme Court reinforced that the Constitution is not a zero-sum game, and that we can respect diversity and protect against unlawful discrimination while also respecting and protecting deeply held religious beliefs and practices,” Laxalt said in a statement Monday on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Equal Rights Commission. “I applaud the Court’s decision for reinforcing that state hostility to religion or religious viewpoints cannot be squared with our Constitution.”

In 2012, Colorado baker Jack Phillips declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

The couple then filed charges with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The court decided 7-2 that Phillips did not get a fair hearing in front of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The question it didn’t resolve is whether or not religious beliefs give business owners grounds to discriminate.

“The court reversed the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision based on concerns unique to the case but reaffirmed its longstanding rule that states can prevent the harms of discrimination in the marketplace, including against LGBT people,” said Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the ACLU in a statement.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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