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Baking a Cake: Balancing Religious Rights and Nondiscrimination

by Sam Schwartz-Fenwick

On December 5, the Supreme Court heard argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111, a case that will require the Court to balance the conflicting interests of religious rights and principles of nondiscrimination. The decision will have a significant impact on public accommodations and on employment relationships. The issue before the Supreme Court is “[w]hether applying Colorado’s public accommodations law to compel the petitioner to create expression that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage violates the free speech or free exercise clauses of the First Amendment.”

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