Yes. SCOTUS ruled today in favor of homophobic baker Jack Phillips. But despite celebration on one side and despair on ours, the actual facts of this case are worth knowing.
No, this didn’t go how we wanted it to all.
“In a narrow ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision handed a narrow victory to a Christian baker from Colorado who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.”
Digging under the surface and into the facts, “many initial reactions from pro and anti-gay observers and groups have been wide-ranging, and many have been wrong.”
Don Don Jr already got caught up on the wrong side by saying “7-2 isn’t a narrow ruling.” Here’s what that actually means.
Of course, that also holds open the possibility that future bakers could win. “Because it will allow others to say my religious beliefs prohibit me from dealing with women, or Italians, or African-Americans,” he explained. “And they will base it on the logic in this case,” offered Andrew Napolitano on Fox News in a rare moment of clarity.
Instead, “narrow” means the ruling pertains to the case at hand. As Axios’ Sam Baker explains, “SCOTUS says *this* baker wins *this* case, in part because Colorado officials seemed hostile to his beliefs, but explicitly holds open the possibility that future bakers could lose.”
But over at RawStory, they have broken this down into exactly what this ruling does, and doesn’t mean:
1. The ruling does not allow discrimination against same-sex couples, LGBT people, or anyone else. It changes no laws and sets no precedents.
2. The ruling applies to one person only: Jack Phillips, the anti-gay Christian baker. Again, it does not set precedent, it cannot be used by others to discriminate against anyone. Period.
3. The only “person” the ruling is against is the Colorado commission that ruled against the baker – and not because of the commission’s overall conclusion, that Phillips engaged in unlawful discrimination. The Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling says that the commission acted with “hostility,” in this one case, against Phillips.
4. The Court’s ruling calls for Americans to find a way to be tolerant towards each other, respecting the rights of gay people and the rights of people of faith. (It does not state those are two opposing groups.)
5. If anything, the Supreme Court’s ruling is in part a win for the LGBT community and supporters of equality. Here’s the key passage from the Court’s majority opinion: “these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”
Pride Month is underway and continues with a renewed importance. We’re here. We’re queer. Get to used to it. And, oh yeah, bake the fucking cake!
And now, back to our regularly scheduled pornography.