In a historic decision on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding.
According to Fox News, the Trump organization backed Phillips, who was defended in court by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit.
Pastor Jeffress was quick to respond on the decision, saying, “Today #SCOTUS guaranteed reelection of Pres. @realDonaldTrump by protecting religious right of baker to not participate in a gay wedding. @POTUS promised to protect religious liberty. This is the most consequential ex. of "promise made, promise kept." Thank you, President Trump!”
Though the ruling stopped short of reaching a broader decision of whether a business can refuse to serve a gay or lesbian couple, the victory for conservatives was no less than a landmark one. Under this narrow ruling, it means that Jack Phillips does not have to be forced to provide services to someone if he feels it violates his religious convictions, according to NBC News.
In 2012, Phillips refused to grant service to Charlie Craig and David Mullins when they approached him in his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop. They asked him if he would do a cake for their reception.
According to NBC News, Phillips looked at them and said, “I’m sorry, guys, I can’t do that.”
Mullins said that there was “this horrible pregnant pause while what was happening sunk in, and we were mortified.”
The ACLU took up the case for Mullins and Craig, and up until the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday, Phillips and the Alliance Defending Freedom defending him had lost at every step of the way in the legal appeals process.
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