The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear New Jersey's appeal to offer legal sports betting, a surprising twist in the state's almost five-year battle with the major American sports leagues.
In other so-called religious conscience cases, the Supreme Court has on two recent occasions ruled on Christian objections to the contraception coverage requirement that was part of the Obamacare health law. The law prohibits refusing service to any customer over his gender, race, marital status or sexual orientation.
The state court said the birth certificate law did not violate the guarantee of equal protection under the U.S. Constitution because it was meant to record biological relationships, not marital ones.
The case concerns a Colorado cake artist who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple claiming that to do so violated his religious liberty under the federal constitution.
The same-sex couple, identified as Charlie Craig and David Mullins, first complained about their interaction with Phillips via posting against Masterpiece Cakeshop on Facebook. He continued with more pro-LGBT agenda bias: "The justices - who upheld same-sex marriage nationwide in a landmark 2015 ruling - apparently decided that despite state laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, the merchants' obligation to same-sex couples was not necessarily baked in the cake". "He should not be forced to promote a message that conflicts with his religious beliefs", said Staver.
The civil rights group said Colorado's law "applies to all businesses that offer goods or services to the general public and merely requires that they not discriminate". The state sided with the couple.
Arash Jahanian is part of the ACLU team representing the gay couple in the cake case.
Their case, Pavan v. Smith, went to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which ruled that same-sex parents didn't have to be included on birth certificates because "it does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths". Five states joined New Jersey in pushing the Supreme Court to hear this case. They include California and six other states in the West, Illinois and three other states in the upper Midwest, and 10 states on the East Coast from Maryland to Maine.
"She called right after that and asked, 'Did you hear?' Yeah, and I can't breathe", Phillips told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd.
The justices said Monday they will consider Phillips' case, which could affect all states.