Jus­tices near wed­ding cake de­ci­sion

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Obituaries/News -

A flood of law­suits over LGBT rights is mak­ing its way through courts and will con­tinue, no mat­ter the out­come in the Supreme Court’s highly an­tic­i­pated de­ci­sion in the case of a Colorado baker who would not cre­ate a wed­ding cake for a same-sex cou­ple.

Courts are en­gaged in two broad types of cases on this is­sue, weigh­ing whether sex dis­crim­i­na­tion laws ap­ply to LGBT peo­ple and also whether busi­nesses can assert re­li­gious ob­jec­tions to avoid com­ply­ing with an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion mea­sures in serv­ing cus­tomers, hir­ing and fir­ing em­ploy­ees, pro­vid­ing health care and plac­ing chil­dren with foster or adop­tive par­ents.

The out­come of baker Jack Phillips’ fight at the Supreme Court could in­di­cate how will­ing the jus­tices are to carve out ex­cep­tions to anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion laws; that’s some­thing the court has re­fused to do in the ar­eas of race and sex.

The re­sult was hard to pre­dict based on ar­gu­ments in De­cem­ber. But how­ever the jus­tices rule, it won’t be their last word on the topic.

Re­li­gious con­ser­va­tives have got­ten a big boost from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, which has taken a more re­stric­tive view of LGBT rights and in­ter­vened on their side in sev­eral cases, in­clud­ing Phillips’.

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