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Portland, Ore. - An appellate court Thursday upheld a penalty against Oregon bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding almost five years ago.

After months of anticipation and dueling ‘friend of the court’ briefs, the Supreme Court took up the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case, which pits the freedoms of speech and religion against LGBT+ anti-discrimination laws, started when baker Jack Phillips refused to bake a wedding cake for same-sex couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.

In a legal case with profound implications for LGBT rights and religion's place in public life, the opposing sides agree on this: It's not about the cake.

by Janice Francis-Smith
Staff Writer

Throwing a rock at your neighbor is not “artistic expression” protected as free speech – and chaos would ensue nationwide if the court were to accept that argument in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The Supreme Court will hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop case on December 5. This case may become one of the most important LGBT+ cases considered this year by the court. If they decide in favor of Jack Phillips, the owner of the bakery, businesses will be able to deny creative services, and perhaps more, to same-sex couples, based on the business owner’s religious beliefs.

Friday, the United States Supreme Court set a date for hearing the case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The actions of the baker, Jack Phillips, caused the couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, to file a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Washington (AP) — Disputes over a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and partisan electoral maps top the Supreme Court's agenda in the first full term of the Trump presidency. Conservatives will look for a boost from the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, in a year that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said will be momentous.

by Rob Howard
Political Columnist

The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite.

Colorado Appeals Court ruled in favor of same-sex couple

Washington — The Supreme Court today announced it will review a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals that found that a cake shop discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.

Portland, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple has closed its door permanently.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://is.gd/4y2J8j ) that according to a Sept. 29 Facebook post on a page for Sweet Cakes by Melissa the business shut down last month though the owners continue to sell cakes from their home.

Decadent carrot cake recipe by Chef Scotty Irani, The Gayly Food Columnist. Photo provided.

Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple are arguing that a state ruling ordering them to pay $135,000 in damages violates state and federal laws.

Colorado's Supreme Court has let stand a lower court's ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing service. 

Salt Lake City (AP) — Jason Langlois and Will Bladh are in the early stages of making plans for their summer 2017 wedding, and they don't want their excitement pierced by the pain of being rejected by a venue, florist and photographer who have a legal right in Utah to refuse to serve a gay couple.

Melissa Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa with her husband, Aaron Klein. (Everton Bailey, Jr./The Oregonian via AP)

Denver (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is asking the Colorado Supreme Court to reverse judges' rulings concluding that his decision amounts to discrimination.

Attorneys for Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, filed the appeal Friday. They argue the government shouldn't force Phillips to violate his Christian beliefs.

Melissa Klein is co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa with her husband Aaron. They are refusing to pay a fine imposed for refusing to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding. (Photo by Everton Bailey, Jr./ The Oregonian via AP)

In this June 6, 2013, file photo, Dave Mullins, right, sits with his husband, Charlie Craig, in Denver. The couple are plaintiffs in a Colorado case against a baker who refused to bake them a wedding cake. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Some bakers refuse wedding cakes for same-sex couples. (Photo by Stefano Bolognini)