How a Colorado cake shop could erode civil rights for LGBTQ Americans

A baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple takes his case to the supreme court on the basis of free speech – and might set a harmful precedent

Perhaps never since Marie Antoinette has cake been so important in politics.

On 5 December, the US supreme court will consider whether a private business can deny services to an LGBTQ couple on the grounds that it conflicts with their religious beliefs. The business in question is a cake shop in Colorado whose owner sees his cakes as a form of artistic expression and believes a state anti-discrimination law violates his first amendment rights.

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