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Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Not As Limited As Some Think

BY RACHEL B. TIVEN | The United States Supreme Court offered dangerous encouragement this month to those scheming to undermine marriage equality and otherwise deny civil rights to LGBTQ people. The court issued what many are calling a “limited ruling” in the much-anticipated case of the Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for […]

Citing Baker’s “Win,” Arizona Court Rejects Stationary Store’s Opt-Out Claim

Citing Baker’s “Win,” Arizona Court Rejects Stationary Store’s Opt-Out Claim

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The precedent established by a Supreme Court decision can often depend on how lower courts interpret it. The quick takeaway from last week’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling was that it was a “win” for baker Jack Phillips, since the court reversed the discrimination rulings against him by the Colorado Court of Appeals […]

In Masterpiece, Baker Wins the Battle but Loses the War

In Masterpiece, Baker Wins  the Battle but Loses the War

BY JAMES ESSEKS | In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a bakery that had refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. It did so on grounds that are specific to this particular case and will have little to no applicability to future cases. The opinion is full […]

Gay US Ambassador to Germany is a Dummkopf

BY ED SIKOV | Donald J. Trump’s naming of an openly gay ambassador to Germany might be cause for celebration were it not for the fact that the new ambassador’s first tweet in his new job managed to insult the Germans. As reported by the Washington Post as well as  LGBTQ Nation, Richard Grenell, who worked […]

Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Prevails in Narrow Ruling

Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Prevails in Narrow Ruling

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court ruled on June 4 that overt hostility to religion tainted the decision process at the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled that baker Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop had unlawfully discriminated against Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins in 2012 by refusing to make them […]

Unprecedented Ruling Favors Anti-Gay Baker

Unprecedented Ruling Favors Anti-Gay Baker

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Breaking the consensus among courts developed over the past several years that people with religious or moral objections to same-sex weddings are not entitled to exempt their business from selling goods or services for such events, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that a baker has a First Amendment […]

The Trouble With Andrew Sullivan

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Andrew Sullivan, who more than a quarter century ago stormed the American intellectual and media ramparts as the British enfant terrible, a self-styled contrarian gay Tory who became editor of The New Republic at 28, is at it again. Writing in New York Magazine last week, Sullivan lamented the “radicalization” of the […]

Justices Press Both Sides Hard in Wedding Cake Case

Justices Press Both Sides Hard in Wedding Cake Case

BY MATTHEW SKINNER | The courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States was the site on Tuesday of a high-stakes debate over the future of the right to refuse service or public accommodations based on religious grounds and the fate of American civil rights laws, as the justices questioned four attorneys at the oral […]

Bigoted Wedding Videographers Lose in Federal Court

Bigoted Wedding Videographers Lose in Federal Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For the first time, a federal judge has ruled that for-profit businesses do not enjoy a constitutional right to refuse to provide services to same-sex weddings on the same basis they provide them for different-sex weddings. The September 20 ruling from Chief Judge John R. Tunheim of the US District […]