Dec. 5, 2017 12:53 p.m.
I don't understand why the Justices are struggling w/this. It's simple 1 Constitutional Right doesn't trump all others, the Rights all work together in harmony. Phillips isn't an "artist", his work isn't displayed in museums for cakes or sold to the highest bidder or at an auction, nor is Phillips' bakery a registered religious business. Will businesses then be allowed to ban adulterers, fornicators, single moms, divorcees, and porn watchers? UT County businesses already ban women's magazines from the register's racks. That will only lead to scarlet letter labeling & take us back to the days of the Witch Trials. Gov shouldn't have held Civil Marriages in the first place, marriage being a religious ritual, but Phillips has a business license that doesn't affiliate him w/a religious organization. He must sell to all or our Nation will be destroyed quicker than it already is. & I'm deeply ashamed that as an LDS member the LDS Church is supporting Phillips in violation of the whole Constitution we hold so dear as divinely inspired.
Curtis Hight - Anchorage, AK
Dec. 5, 2017 3:52 p.m.
You wrote: “My preference is that all businesses operating in the civil/secular marketplace be required to serve all potential customers equally,” and in the article Kelsey Dallas quotes ACLU attorney Ria Tabacco Mar as saying: “Nobody disputed that cakes can be artistic, but discriminating against customers has nothing to do with the freedom of speech.”
Our entertainment industry is against you and Ria Tabacco Mar. If someone writes a song and a religious group wants to license synchronization rights, then the author may discriminate against them, no questions asked (except maybe by his or her accountant :-).
@ Egyptian origins
You wrote: “Phillips isn't an "artist", his work isn't displayed in museums for cakes….”
Pace Ria Tabacco Mar as quoted above, your definition of an artist is overly narrow. Regardless, the matter is freedom of expression not identity as “artist.”