Supreme Court bakeshop ruling doesn’t settle division
A pair of opinion polls released the week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of a Denver-area bakeshop owner to refuse to create a cake for a same-sex wedding show how this issue continues to divide the American public.
In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released the day of the June 5 ruling, 72 percent of the respondents said businesses should not have the right to discriminate against same-sex customers.
That was much higher than the 57 percent in a Morning Consult poll who disagreed with businesses refusing to serve customers who identify as LGBT. However, the same poll (released the day after the ruling) showed that 51 percent of white evangelicals consider such refusals a reinforcement of their religious freedom.
The 7-2 ruling sparked a flurry of diverging views. Christianity Today noted that it didn’t establish a precedent. Instead, the magazine said the court ruled a state agency had demonstrated unconstitutional hostility toward baker Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs.
“Advocates on both sides . . . can be happy that Justice (Anthony) Kennedy authored this opinion,” commented Brian Miller of Forbes. “He is the only Justice who has worked both to advance gay rights and ensure broad protections for religious freedom.”