Dickson County Cake-Baker Refuses Service to Gay Couple

A business in Dickson County is the latest to join in on what has become an anomalous form of activism — refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, Out & About Nashville reports. Susie Dennison, owner of Susie’s Sweets in Burns, after an initial consultation sent the couple a message saying: “I really enjoyed our time together and I truly wish you the best but after realizing that your union will be of the same sex, I cannot with my spiritual conviction and beliefs, do your cake!” Dennison’s husband, Paul Dennison, later confirmed the incident, further stating that this is not the first same-sex couple the baker has turned away. This is the second recent denial of service in middle Tennessee, with the Rhinestone Wedding Chapel in Nashville shunning a gay couple seeking to get married earlier this month.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Returns to Court

The Colorado cake baker who refused service to a gay couple on religious grounds is back in court, NBC News reports. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, is suing the state of Colorado and attempting to halt actions against him after another allegation of discrimination by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In this case, Phillips refused to bake a cake for Denver attorney Autumn Scardina’s gender transition celebration. Scardina ordered the cake the same day the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear Phillips' appeal of the previous ruling against him. Phillips’ lawyers maintain that the state is treating him with hostility because of his Christian faith and pressing a complaint that they call an "obvious setup." The Supreme Court in June ruled that the Colorado commission showed anti-religious bias when previously sanctioning Phillips for refusing to make a cake, deciding 7-2 that it violated Phillips' First Amendment rights. You can view the initial complaint regarding the current suit here.

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