The United States Supreme Court has remanded a major religious freedom case. In 2013, Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to design a cake for a gay wedding ceremony and were subsequently fined $135,000 for damages, which cost them their business.
According to Scotus Blog, this morning the US Supreme Court vacated (overturned) the judgement against the Kleins and remanded the case, sending it back to the Court of Appeals for Oregon to reconsider. Scotus Blog said the reason for the remanding was because of the jurisprudence used in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
This is the second religious liberty case remanded by The Court since the milestone Masterpiece Cakeshop decision in 2018.
In the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Christian cake artist Jack Phillips refused to custom design a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012, citing religious convictions. Phillips informed the couple that they were free to buy any products in his shop to use for any reason they like. He only refused to custom-design a cake for their ceremony.
The Supreme Court of Colorado upheld a lower authority’s ruling against Jack which ordered him to design cakes for everyone or he couldn’t design cakes for anyone. Jack’s artistic skills made up the majority of his business income, thus the order cost him significantly. Nearly 6 years after the initial lawsuit, the US Supreme Court overturned the case in a 7-2 decision. Phillips has faced two new lawsuits for the same reason since the decision was made. Tell me there isn't an agenda from the LGBTQ leftists.
Shortly after the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, The US Supreme Court remanded a decision made by the Washington State Supreme Court against another Christian artist. Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian floral artist from Washington State, refused an order to custom-design a floral arrangement for the wedding ceremony of a lesbian couple.
The Washington State Supreme Court upheld a lower authority’s decision against Stutzman, but in 2018 the US Supreme Court remanded the decision based on the jurisprudence set forth in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Earlier this month the Washington State Supreme Court doubled down on their ruling against Stutzman. Again, tell me there isn't an agenda from the LGBTQ leftists.
Now her case is likely to return to the US Supreme Court with First Liberty Institution as Stutzman’s defense.