>> This cake baker, Jack Phillips, told a gay couple in Colorado back in 2012, that he would not bake them a cake for their wedding, because he opposes gay marriage. This triggered a chain of events that will climax on Tuesday, in highly anticipated arguments before the highest court in the nation.
Phillips says free speech guaranteed under the US Constitution protects him from making a cake that would violate his religious beliefs against gay marriage. The couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, who are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union say that the baker's refusal was unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Now, just two years after legalizing gay marriage, the Supreme Court must decide if Phillips' action is protected under the constitution. And if he can avoid punishment for violating Colorado anti discrimination law. A ruling favoring Phillips could open the door for other businesses to reject gay couples for religious beliefs.
Evangelical Christians are an important part of President Donald Trump's political base, and his administration has already filed a brief and support Phillips. But the Civil Rights Commission and lower courts have already ruled against Phillips. Prompting him to appeal to the Supreme Court were are the moment five of the nine justices are conservatives.
The five-year old legal battle is expected to be resolved in a ruling due by the end of June.