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Supreme Court: Commission ruled with anti-religious bias in wedding cake case

By on June 4, 2018

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Supreme Court sided Monday with a Christian baker from Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple for religious reasons.

In a 7-2 decision, the justices reversed a Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s ruling that Jack Phillips violated the state’s anti-discrimination law that bars businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.

The top court said the commission’s decision showed “hostility” toward the baker’s religious freedom. The decision did not tackle the larger constitutional question of whether businesses can use religious grounds to reject same-sex customers.

It was not immediately clear what implications the decision could have outside Colorado, but it paves the way for others to follow suit.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

In Puerto Rico, New Progressive Party Sen. María Milagros Charbonier introduced legislation last year that allowed individuals to avoid following a specific rule on religious grounds. The legislation, House Bill 1018, was approved by both chambers but was vetoed by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

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