Do a man’s gay rights trump a man’s religious rights? On December 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard full oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, to decide whether a Christian wedding cake artist should be forced design wedding cakes for two married gay men. This is an interesting case which raises both 1st amendment rights and the rights of gay men to obtain services from public businesses. The gay men argued that the business owner was discriminating against their civil rights to be served by any public business. The religious business owner argues that he cannot be compelled to design a gay wedding cake because it offends his religious views. (He was willing to sell the gay couple an off the shelf cake, but not one specially designed with gay symbols and rainbows). The transcript of the hearing offers a fascinating glimpse in the debate between Supreme Court justices that are split across conservative and liberal viewpoints.
download the hearing transcript here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2017/16-111_f314.pdf