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Supreme Court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake lawsuit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple over religious objections. The case brings up a number of questions about constitutional rights.

The court didn't focus on whether a person or business can refuse services to gay people, instead ruling that the Colorado civil rights commission that first heard the case violated the baker's rights.

"The commission's hostility was inconsistent with the first amendment's guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion," said Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court's majority.

The court ruled by a 7-2 vote. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

The attorneys representing the baker and Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips said he is relieved and delighted, adding that creative professionals should be free to create art consistent with their convictions.

"This court is constantly telling the government you cannot treat people of faith differently than others in the marketplace." Said Kristen K. Waggoner, attorney for Jack Phillips, "You cannot express hostility towards them because the government disagrees with their viewpoint."

The plaintiffs, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, said their fight against discrimination will continue. 

"We brought this case because no one should have to face the shame," said Mullins. "Embarrassment and humiliation of being told we don't serve your kind here that we faced and we will continue fighting until no one does." 

Justice Kennedy pointed out that future cases might end up with a different ruling, noting that these disputes must be resolved without disrespecting religious beliefs, while also protecting the constitutional rights of same couples.

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