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June 27, 2017

"Today's ruling reaffirms the fundamental right to marry secured by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Obergefell decision, issued exactly two years ago today, and the constellation of over 1,200 rights that it affirmed for same-sex couples".

"While we're disappointed that the courts continue debating the simple question of whether LGBT people deserve to be treated like everyone else, we hope that our case helps ensure that no one has to experience being turned away simply because of who they are", Craig said. Phillips said that serving the couple would violate his religious faith.

The couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, then filed a civil rights complaint in Colorado. Many conservative Christians fear a major loss of religious freedom should the lower court rulings be upheld. They noted that the baker refused to make cakes to celebrate Halloween or that carry "anti-American or anti-family themes". The court will likely hear the case in the fall.

"Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, this ruling could have a significant impact throughout the country regarding businesses being forced to go against the owner's sincerely held religious beliefs", said Matt Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. The 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits private discrimination in public accommodations based on an irrational prejudice against someone's skin color, or other similar reason. "Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love".

"It leaves in place an important and common-sense firearm regulation, one that promotes public safety, respects Second Amendment rights and values the judgment of sheriffs and police chiefs throughout the state on what works best for their communities".

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According to the Times, lawyers for the women who brought the lawsuit said the Supreme Court decision will be beneficial for same-sex parents in Arkansas.

Phillips says it is not fair to characterize him as anti-gay. "A Kentucky appeals court recently upheld a printer's right to refuse to print shirts promoting a gay pride festival, reasoning that his actions did not discriminate against any individuals due to their sexual orientation".

The two men married in MA but wanted to celebrate their nuptials with friends in Colorado.

Silverstein says if the ACLU loses, it means people might be able to pick or choose which laws apply to them, using religious freedom as their explanation.

The case, Peruta v. California, concerned a state law that essentially bans carrying guns openly in public and allows carrying concealed weapons only if applicants can demonstrate good cause.

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