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UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OF CAKE ARTIST JACK PHILLIPS BY A VOTE OF 7-2!
Warren, New Jersey – June 4, 2018 – Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) was a victory for people of faith, as small business people, who were being compelled by government to participate in an event/occasion deemed to violate their deeply held religious beliefs. Cake Artist Jack Phillips prevailed at the US Supreme Court on a decision of 7-2. The New Jersey Family Policy Council welcomes that ruling as a start to turning back the tide of hostility that has been shown to bakers, florists, photographers and others who refused to use their gift and talents to offer their services for a same-sex wedding. While the ruling was on narrow grounds it was a positive ruling nonetheless! Some key thoughts…
- Jack Phillips serves all customers; like most creative professionals, he simply can’t express messages or celebrate events that violate his deeply held beliefs. Today, the court affirmed that basic freedom, enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
- The NJFPC is encouraged by today’s decision and remain committed to defending the freedom of every person to live and work consistent with their religious beliefs without fear of government punishment. That fosters true tolerance and diversity.
- Tolerance and respect for differences of opinion are essential in a pluralistic society like ours. They enable us to peacefully coexist with each another. The court’s decision makes clear that the government must respect Jack’s beliefs about marriage.
- Countless people of good will believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. No one should be bullied or banished from the marketplace for peacefully living out that belief. The court’s decision establishes that the millions of people who hold that belief are not second-class citizens, but that they too belong as part of the community.
Regardless of your beliefs about same-sex marriage, people should support this decision. The First Amendment guarantees that all Americans are free to live out their beliefs, even if those beliefs are disfavored by the government. “I am glad for Jack Philipps and his family today, after much hardship, business loss and even death threats, the Phillips’ family can begin to rebuild their lives and family business,” stated Len Deo, founder and president of New Jersey Family Policy Council who joined an Amicus Brief in the Masterpiece Cakes case. Visit www.njfpc.org