The Oregon case had been in Supreme Court limbo for months, sometimes signalling behind-the-scenes negotiation over what to do. (Breyer was part of the four-person minority.) Again, this fairly surprising decision handed down by a completely shocking combination of judges was further confirmation of the fact that the Court doesn't want any part of being the mapmaker of choice around the country, but also is aware that the Republican majorities in various state legislatures so overreached in gaming the system that Somebody Has To Do Something to fix it.
Monday's order vacates the state appellate court's decision upholding the penalty against the bakers and directs the court to reconsider its decision in light of the Colorado case's holding, which was issued after the OR court decided its case.
"Unless this Court enforces the First Amendment", the petition said, "similar cases will continue to arise, as creative entrepreneurs are compelled, under the guise of public accommodations statutes, to participate in same-sex marriage rituals that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, or - as the Kleins did - to sacrifice their livelihood".
The court determined that the bakery's custom cakes were not "entitled to the same level of constitutional protection as pure speech or traditional forms of artistic expression". That case, Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. V Colorado Civil Rights Commission, hinged on shop owner Jack Phillips' First Amendment rights to refuse service.
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The Oregonian reported that the Kleins had sought to take their case to the Supreme Court a year ago after exhausting their appeals in Oregon. "Our ban on uranium mining has protected our citizens, communities, local economies, and waterways for more than 30 years, and the Supreme Court has now confirmed that we are well within our rights as a state to decide that a risky, potentially unsafe activity like uranium mining is not for us".
Instead, the justices told an OR court to take a second look at their case based on last year's high court ruling in favor of a Christian cake maker from Colorado.
The Klein petition was filed by the Texas-based law firm First Liberty in October and been pending before the Supreme Court for almost a year. He said same-sex couples were free to buy his cakes with pre-made designs. Another dispute involving a florist from Washington state who would not create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding is headed to the Supreme Court. "Unfortunately, the Court's decision to not decide the merits of this case leaves a number of unanswered questions just two years before the next redistricting cycle". They met with Aaron Klein, who asked for the date of the ceremony and the names of the bride and groom. A federal district court rejected the residents' argument, but the Supreme Court sent the case back for the lower court to take another look at 11 of the 12 districts.
For the number of cases remaining, the court appeared to be clearing out the underbrush Monday. In response, one of the owners quoted the portion of Leviticus that proscribes homosexuality and calling the couple an "abomination".
McGowan, however, was confident OR would reaffirm its decision and said she's "not aware" of anything in the case that would stop the state from reaching the same conclusion it reached.