"This happens to people in every kind of business, every day".
"The Court's precedents make clear that the baker, in his capacity as the owner of a business serving the public, might have his right to the free exercise of religion limited by generally applicable laws", he wrote.
In the court's opinion, Kennedy wrote situations like these "must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to honest religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and serves in an open market".
The Supreme Court's decision to hear the case raised the alarm among civil rights advocates. Phillips appealed and the case traveled up the American judicial ladder until reaching the Supreme Court a year ago.
"The law must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion", Kennedy wrote. The majority begins its analysis by emphasizing that "gay persons and gay couples can not be treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth".
"The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts, all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to honest religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market", Kennedy added.
The seven-to-two outcome also indicates the justices - four of whom are regarded as more liberal - felt this was neither the time nor the case on which to decide the general constitutional balance between freedom of religious belief and state laws barring businesses from discriminating.
Moreover, the court's decision is unlikely to stem the flood of cases seeking to chip away at LGBT rights under the banner of religious liberty.
Phillips said the response of the community has been "overwhelmingly supportive", as "my community realized how important this case is and how important it is to protect the freedom of, creative professionals myself".
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"I don't feel like our case is about a cake", Charlie Craig, Mullins' husband, elaborated. During a brief encounter at Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, the baker politely but firmly refused, leaving the couple distraught.
However, given the harsh words the justices had for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, many states with similar laws will now be looking carefully at how they prosecute such cases. Colorado is one of 21 states where anti-discriminationlaws cover sexual orientation.
Phillips added that he also doesn't create cakes for Halloween and cakes with an anti-American sentiment.
"The baker won the battle but lost the war", Esseks said.
The Masterpiece case says that people who are accused of discrimination are entitled to a fair hearing and that gay people are entitled to dignified treatment. The court's decision in a 7-2 broad ruling held that religious hostility has no place in our pluralistic society. "The court was right to condemn that", said lawyer Kristen Waggoner of the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Phillips. "He took quite a hit when he gave up making wedding cakes".
"We are ready to fight back and make sure this heartbreaking and infuriating decision is understood for what it is: a narrow ruling limited to unique facts that can not be used to justify discrimination in any other context".
The ruling comes three years after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in its landmark Obergefell v Hodges decision.
Phillips pointed out that he does sell birthday cakes, cookies and other items to gay people, but he "can't" do a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, because of the message.