Foreign Affairs
Confectioner wins court case after refusing to deliver cake to gay couple

The U.S. Supreme Court decided a case in favour of a confectioner who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. This followed a decision by the Colorado Court which decided that the refusal by Jack Phillips to make the cake for the wedding of David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012 was discriminatory.

However, the Supreme Court said the first court’s decision breached Phillips’ rights, who had initially said that he refused to deliver the cake due to religious reasons. Conservative Christians argue that creative artists have the right to decide themselves what to sell.

Colorado is one of 22 states which include sexual orientation in the anti-discriminatory legislation that permitted Craig and Mullins to win their case before the Civil Rights Commission. However, the Supreme Court stated that the Commission was prejudiced against Phillips.

U.S. gay groups now fear that the decision may lead to a difference treatment to same-sex marriages. However, the Supreme Court stressed that its decisions was specifically on this particular case and that the decision does not imply that photographers, confectioners and other workers may refuse to provide a service to gay couples.