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Supreme Court protects Masterpiece baker’s religious liberty Justices rule 7-2 to protect baker Jack Phillips’ free exercise rights

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments, ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission for Jack Phillips, a Colorado-based Christian baker who had declined to create a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. The Justices ruled that the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution protects Phillips from unfair treatment of his religious beliefs.

The following statement can be attributed to Mark Rienzi, president of Becket: 

“The Court has said 7-2 that the Constitution requires us all to try and get along. There is room enough in our society for a diversity of viewpoints, and that includes respecting religious beliefs too. The decision is a strong message to governments across the country that they must respect–rather than punish–religious diversity on important issues.”  

For more information or to arrange an interview with a Becket attorney, contact Melinda Skea or 202-349-7224. Interviews can be arranged in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.


Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions and has a 100% win-rate before the United States Supreme Court.For over 20 years, it has successfully defended clients of all faiths, includingBuddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians(read more here).