What do you put on a wedding cake? If you’re one particular baker in Colorado you put frosting and two figures on top — bride and groom. Or if the buyer is part of a gay couple he wants two men on top of their wedding cake. But the baker said no sale, based on his religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.
One would think there had to be a less difficult solution – as in go to another bakery – or the baker sells them an unadorned cake. But this particular disagreement – baker’s right to refuse an order and the buyer’s right to order a two-man cake is on the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The jurists can decide if an individual’s beliefs are enough for a right of refusal or is it now a test case for the rights of those members of the LGBT community who faced discrimination because of their sexual orientation and (legal) right to marry.
Is the high court the place to open people’s minds, adjust their thinking… or can social issues be better resolved through the political process, not the courts? I guess what the high court will decide is – does the bakery owner have any rights – and are they being infringed upon? And what about issues of discrimination?
If you think about how it started you wonder why the wedding couple did not take their business elsewhere – but it’s apparent they were taking a stand. One way or another both sides will make their point and the Justices will decide something. I cannot imagine who will be the winner here.
Again, the highest court in the land does not seem to be the place to decide what is a social issue – let it wind its way through the political process. That works, slowly, but it works. -PW