December 21, 2018 Feature

Supreme Court’s Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop Provides Little Guidance on Religious and LGBT Rights

By Sam Schwartz-Fenwick

In June, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.1 This decision was closely followed by the media, religious rights advocates, and gay rights advocates alike. Rather than issue a definitive ruling favoring either religious for-profit business owners or LGBT individuals, the Supreme Court delicately avoided making a decision that either side could declare a victory. The majority emphasized that its holding was limited to the facts of the case and that further clarification of the boundaries between religious rights and LGBT rights would have to play out in the courts.

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