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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | October 15, 2018

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Christian bakers win gay wedding cake cases

Two Christian bakers who refused to bake cakes for gay weddings because doing so would force them to go against their consciences have won their cases.

Lesbian customers filed a complaint against Californian bakery owner Cathy Miller, but in May a California judge found in favour of Miller,
citing her First Amendment religious rights.

In a similar case in June, Colorado baker Jack Phillips won his appeal at the US
Supreme Court. The Court ruled that the original Colorado state court decision against Mr Phillips had violated his religious rights. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that while Colorado law “can protect gay persons in acquiring products and services… the law must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion”.

Meanwhile, Northern Irish Christian bakers Ashers still await the UK Supreme Court’s judgement on their case, due later this year or early 2019.