Blockbuster Cake Controversy Draws Crowds at SCOTUS


 

Fervent supporters on each side showed up as the U.S. Supreme Court held its long-awaited oral argument in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding on religious grounds.

He argues that Colorado shouldn't be able to compel him to speak through his cakes via an anti-discrimination law.

The couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, argue that a business open to the public shouldn't be able to treat them as second-class citizens. 

Just after her argument at the high court on Phillips' behalf, Kristen K. Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom spoke with Bloomberg Law's Patrick Gregory. She answered questions about how to define art, the issue of dignity, and whether Colorado treated the baker fairly.

Elizabeth Wydra, who is President of the Constitutional Accountability Center and is supporting Mullins and Craig, spoke with Bloomberg Law's Madison Alder. She described the contentious atmosphere at the argument, Kagan's concerns about where to draw the line, and how all eyes are on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

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