SCOTUS Case On Same-Sex Wedding Could Affect Similar Oregon Bakery Case

Dec 4, 2017


The Supreme Court will take on a case Tuesday that could affect the ruling of a nearly identical one moving through the courts in Oregon. 

The nation’s highest court will consider a case involving a Denver cake shop owner who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple because of his religious beliefs.

That case has federal and state implications. It could affect a case held up in the Oregon Court of Appeals involving a now-closed Gresham bakery.

The Supreme Court will decide whether or not religious liberties and free speech arguments outweigh those of the couple who says they were discriminated against.

Amy Hertzfeld-Copple is executive director of Basic Rights Oregon.

"Oregon is one of 19 states that has protections in public accommodations for sexual orientation and gender identity through our Oregon equality act," said Copple. "We would be a state that would lose those protections."

In March, the Oregon cake shop owners appealed a $135,000 fine ordered by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

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