>> The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, took up a contentious case, pitting Colorado baker Jack Phillips against same sex couple Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. Who filed a civil rights complaint against the owner of Master Masterpiece Cake Shop for refusing to bake them a wedding cake siting his Christian beliefs.
Lower courts upheld a ruling against Phillips setting up an intense 90 minute argument on Tuesday before the high court.>> He informed us he would not make a cake for a same sex wedding. We were hurt, and felt rejected and we felt like second class citizens in our society.
>> It's hard to believe that the government is forcing me to choose between providing for my family and my employees and violating my relationship with God, that is not freedom.>> Reporter Lawrence Hurley says Justice Anthony Kennedy emerged during the arguments as a possibly decisive vote.>> He said things during the argument that could give some hope to both sides.
At one point talking about his concerns about giving a green light to discrimination against gay people by ruling in favor of the baker. But on the other hand, raising concerns as well about the Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision against the baker, which he said may have been tainted by anti religious bias.
So, he said things that could give hope to both sides. The conservative justices appear like they would vote in favor of the baker. Liberal justices look like they would vote in favor of the gay couple. And so the question is does Justice Kennedy, who authored the court's 2015 ruling that legalized gay marriage, side again with gay rights?
Or will he draw a line and say that there are some circumstances in which people of religious faith should have a good faith exemption from some anti-discrimination laws?