New Jersey Gets US Supreme Court Hearing on Sports-Gambling Bid

Alvin Kelly
June 28, 2017

The high profile case won't be heard until the fall, but in the meantime, News 25's Kendra Turley caught up with a Biloxi bakery owner to hear her point of view on the controversy. "Like the one in Colorado will result in kind-hearted Americans being dragged before state commissions and courts, and punished by the government for peacefully seeking to live and work consistent with their beliefs about marriage?" Lambda Legal, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, said that despite the Obergefell decision several states have continued for force couples to sue to add same-sex spouses to birth certificates.

"Craig and Mullins filed a civil rights complaint and won, first before an administrative court judge, then before the state Civil Rights Commission, and finally before the Colorado Court of Appeals", USA Today reported.

"The wedding cake serves as a central expressive component at most weddings". "Like a New Mexico photographer three years ago, the baker cited his religious beliefs". "Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively".

Representing the couple is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

He says in the particular case that landed him in court, he told the couple he "would gladly sell them birthday cakes, shower cakes, cookies brownies...but I couldn't design a cake promoting an event in conflict with my beliefs". "It's about making sure that Masterpiece and other businesses don't discriminate against customers because of who they are". He joined the 5-4 majority in the Hobby Lobby case, which said the Christian family who owned a chain of craft stores could refuse to provide their employees the full range of contraceptives called for by the federal health care law.

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The nine-member Texas court does not discuss the timing of its cases or opinions, but to meet its self-imposed deadline, any opinions in the marriage benefits case are probably finished or almost so.

The justices said Monday they will consider Phillips' case, which could affect all states. The newspaper spun the judicial branch's move in the lead sentence of its Monday article: "The Supreme Court agreed Monday to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage".

Under Arkansas law, when a married couple has a child, the spouse of the birth mother is automatically listed on the birth certificate as the child's parent, regardless of how the couple conceived the child or whether the spouse is genetically related to the child.

A dissent by new Justice Neil Gorsuch, however, said the underlying legal issues are not so black and white.

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