Supreme Court will take on Colorado same-sex wedding cake case
FILE - In this March 10, 2014, file photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colo.
The Supreme Court is taking on a new clash between gay rights and religion in a case about a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado.
The justices said Monday they will consider whether a baker who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins were turned away by Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips when they requested a custom wedding cake. The couple planned to marry in Massachusetts and wanted a cake to celebrate in Colorado.
The Lakewood baker lost his case in a lower court which ruled he must provide the service despite his Christian beliefs.
The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, asks the high court to balance the religious rights of the baker against the couple's right to equal treatment under the law. Similar disputes have popped up across the United States.
Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of the couple. Previously, the couple had complained to the Colorado Civil Rights Division which determined the shop violated state law which prohibits refusal of service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
The decision to take on the case reflects renewed energy among the court's conservative justices, whose ranks have recently been bolstered by the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the high court.