>> The Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because it went against his Christian beliefs. In a 7-2 decision the high court said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated Philips' religious rights when it ruled against him in a suit brought by the couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.
In 2012 Mullens and Craig visited Philips' bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. The two were getting married in Massachusetts, but were looking for a wedding cake for a local reception, but Phillips refused to make the cake.>> I respectfully declined to create a custom cake that would celebrate a view of marriage in direct conflict with my faith and core teachings.
>> We were mortified and humiliated and we felt like second class citizens in our society.>> In the court's opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled that the commission did not adequately take into account the religious beliefs of the baker, saying, quote, 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.
Supreme Court reporter Lawrence Hurley.>> Although a win for the baker Jack Philips, the ruling was actually quite narrow in its scope. It could have been a lot broader in terms of creating a kind of exemption for people who don't want to serve gay couples or other LGBT people based on their religious beliefs.
As such, the decision left a lot of those questions unanswered.>> Two of the court's four liberals, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan joined the five conservative justices in the ruling.