Supreme Court ruling: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights…
Supreme Court ruling: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Commission accused of acting unconstitutionally; not treating Phillips with religious neutrality
Commission initially ruled in favor of same-sex couple; forcing Phillips to comply with all cake requests or shut down
Conclusion: the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not protect Phillips' rights or same-sex couple rights
Influence of government entities on one another
Commissions actions impacted the ruling of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court would not have been involved if the Commission acted differently
Commission compared Phillips' beliefs to the Holocaust and genocide
Ruling Impact on LGBTQ+ Rights
Outcome of case could be interpreted as anti-LGBTQ+, and anti-equality
Initial claim by Craig and Mullins was filed on discrimination due to sexual orientation
The case is bigger than just a cake, ruling could snowball into other aspects of life
Anti-LGBTQ+ people could use this case to justify discrimination against same-sex couples.
Intertwining legality and sexuality
The Supreme Court
Importance of understanding processes and reasoning behind rulings
Supreme Court needs to be more transparent and accessible to the public, allowing better understanding of the rulings and how they impact future cases
Supreme Court stated that decision was made predominantly due to the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission rather than on the basis of equality and discrimination
Supreme Court rulings: used as references for future rulings.
How will this ruling impact future rights?
In this case, constitutional rights take precedent over civil rights
Protects some citizens over others
Dictates that citizens must be treated with religious neutrality
Religious rights and equality: Mutually Exclusive?
Two "types" of discrimination
1- Phillips discrimination against same-sex couple
2- Colorado Civil Rights Commission discrimination against Phillips
Is there a difference in discrimination? Is one worse?
Religious freedoms are more protected under constitution law, compared to equality and rights for same-sex couples are under anti-discrimination laws.
Complementary and contradicting sides of the story
Important to note bias, in sources, in writing
Perspectives impact perception of ruling, issue, topic at large