U.S. Supreme Court Wins for Free Speech and Religious Freedom
Over the last few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious liberty and freedom of speech in a number of key decisions. The significant rulings highlighted below are huge victories for those who value First Amendment rights.
One of the most anticipated cases involves Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. Due to his deeply held religious beliefs, Phillips chose not to design a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony because he felt it would violate his conscience. Soon after, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined he was guilty of discrimination. Phillips viewed this as an attack on his religious freedom, and earlier this month, seven U.S. Supreme Court Justices agreed. The large majority determined that Jack Phillips was treated in a hostile manner before the Commission, and therefore, they dismissed the charge against him. More information on his case can be found here: Click Here
Similar to the above situation, a florist from Washington was also attacked for her religious beliefs. After the state’s attorney general filed a case against Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the woman’s ability to live out her faith in her own business. Due to the recent decision of the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, the U.S. Supreme Court is making the Washington Supreme Court reconsider its previous ruling regarding Stutzman. This gives her another chance to fight for her religious liberty. Click Here for More Information
Another big win for First Amendment rights is evident in this week’s 5-4 ruling regarding pro-life pregnancy centers in California. Back in 2015, lawmakers determined that pregnancy clinics must “provide written information advertising how to obtain abortions in the state at taxpayer expense” and that clinics lacking a medical license must “post disclaimers that they do not offer medical services” (Click for More Information ). Almost 1,500 pregnancy centers found this law to be a violation of their free speech rights, for their services exist to protect life, not promote a pro-abortion message. Thankfully, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, the state can no longer force these pro-life centers to provide information to patients that runs contrary to their beliefs.