You may remember the baker Jack Phillips in Colorado. As a Christian, Philips felt he could not in good conscience decorate cakes celebrating events that did not square with his beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission opposed him and, finally, the US Supreme Court said the Commission had acted prejudicially.
But within weeks of the Court’s decision, the Civil Rights Commission brought another case against Phillips for declining to customize a cake celebrating a gender transition. One Commissioner took to Twitter calling him a “hater.”
Finally, after six and a half years, the Commission has decided to withdraw its complaint and let him bake cakes in peace. Perhaps the change from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to Brett Kavanaugh was a reality check.
First Amendment religious rights and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights are sometimes in tension, but religious rights must not be put down by government agencies.