Elder Patriot – The Supreme Court ruled today that the Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because of his religious beliefs had properly exercised his First Amendment rights.
The 7-2 vote overwhelmingly affirmed the First Amendment rights of the individual over those of special interest groups or their patrons, at least in the case of religious liberty.
U.S. Constitution – Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Justice’s opinions follow:
Only far-left Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented. The left is almost certain to lose the 85-year-old Ginsburg seat while Donald Trump is president and that will drive the court further towards the constitutional republic that our Framer’s envisioned.
For the time being however, this signals a significant shift for the court that only a few years ago held that the Obamacare mandate, that forced people to buy a product against their will, was Constitutional. That would assuredly not be the case today. In fact, when President Trump eliminated the personal mandate by Executive Order no legal challenges followed.
With the likelihood that a number of other civil liberty cases will come before the court within the next year or two – Facebook, Google, Twitter among them – there should be renewed optimism among conservatives that their First Amendment rights to free speech will be restored by the high court.