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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:16 am

There was a slice for both sides in last week’s Supreme Court’s cake shop decision. Those who are concerned with government infringement on religious expression took heart — and even claimed victory — in the court’s conclusion that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed religious bias when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips, who turned down a gay couple wanting to order a wedding cake.

Yet the majority ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, was equally clear that discrimination against gays is wholly unacceptable, a sign that the law is not moving backward when it comes to persecuted minorities. “Our society has come to the recognition that gay persons and gay couples cannot be treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity or worth,” Kennedy wrote. “The exercise of their freedom on terms equal to others must be given great weight by the courts.”

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