Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Unit 12: United States History Over Time End of Year Tic-Tac-Toe: Help Us Never Forget: Cartoon: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a pending case before the Supreme Court of the United States on whether creative businesses can refuse certain services based on their First Amendment rights of free speech and free exercise of religion in light of public accommodation laws in particular, by refusing to provide creative services, such as a custom wedding cake for same-sex marriage ceremonies, on the basis of one's religious beliefs. The Court took oral arguments on December 5, 2017, with a decision likely to be made by the end of the court's term. A nationwide and state-by-state poll on issue conducted throughout 2017 by the Public Religion Research Institute as part of the annual American Values Atlas survey revealed that 60% of Americans, including a majority or plurality in every state, opposed allowing religiously-based refusals of services or products to gay people by small businesses owners (colloquially known as "the baker's exception"), while 33% supported allowing such religiously-based refusal, and 7% had no opinion.
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