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Posted by: Jarod Word on Sep 10, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh referred to the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling when asked whether he supports same-sex marriage last Thursday, the Washington Blade reports. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., asked Kavanaugh whether he thinks the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges was correctly decided, to which Kavanaugh responded by referencing five cases on LGBT rights written by former Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, among them the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. After being further pressed regarding his feelings on the Obergefell decision, Kavanaugh continued to read a statement from the Masterpiece ruling, stating “In Masterpiece Cakeshop, and this is, I think, relevant to your question, Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion joined by Chief Justice [John] Roberts and Justice [Samuel] Alito and Justice [Neil] Gorsuch and Justice [Stephen] Breyer, the days of discriminating against gay and lesbian Americans as inferior in dignity and worth are over.” The Senate will vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the coming weeks.