Gay wedding cake case is also about free exercise of religion
“Supreme Court masterpiece?” July 2 Mario Nicolais column.
Mario Nicolais’ opinion on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, where the owner of a bakery refused a gay couple’s order of a wedding cake based on claims of free speech and freedom of religion, only analyzes the free speech vs. right to equality part of the case. Nowhere does he discuss the equally important constitutional right of the free exercise of religion. Is a person’s free exercise of religion limited only to Saturday or Sunday inside a person’s house of worship but otherwise ignored or unprotected in the “marketplace of goods and services”?
A non-legal solution going forward would be for bakers to have fixed menus with standard wedding cakes for sale. You want a gaythemed cake? Go to a different baker with a broader menu. I visit kosher and Middle Eastern restaurants. Should Colorado force them to sell me a BLT? I can just go to McDonald’s.