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International: USA – Victory for US baker

July 2018

Jack Phillips
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Jack Phillips, an American Christian baker who politely declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, has won his case at the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling the judges decided Phillips had faced ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ for his religious beliefs from the state of Colorado. However, the court stopped short of making its ruling more widely applicable.

Religious liberty organisation Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been supporting Phillips, welcomed the decision, saying the court had protected his ‘ability to live and work consistent with his beliefs’. Rulings in other similar cases involving a photographer and a florist must await further elaboration, the court said.

Speaking after the ruling, ADF’s senior counsel Kristen Waggoner said: ‘All creative professionals should be free to create expression consistent with their convictions and without the threat of government punishment. The Supreme Court made the right decision to protect Jack’s ability to live and work consistent with his beliefs, because everyone has that freedom. Tolerance, after all, is a two-way street’.