Local organizations are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Colorado baker who refused, because of his faith, to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
FOX21 spoke with an attorney for Focus on the Family, a Christian-based organization, who said this is a big win for religious freedom and business owners.
“Yes, they have to abide by certain rules called public accommodation laws, but in doing so they also have the right to exercise their own religious freedom, and it’s up to the state to balance those rights if they ever come into conflict,” attorney Bruce Hausknecht said.
FOX21 also spoke with Dr. Stephany Spaulding, a diversity and inclusion expert at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She said the conversation is far from over, and future cases need to find that balance between religious beliefs and constitutional rights of same-sex couples.
“We will make sure that in the process of being right, that we’re also righteous, and so making sure that how we bring cases to the Supreme Court or even to lower courts, that we are doing it in the most dignified and fair manner as possible,” Spaulding said.
The couple at the center of the case said the decision won’t stop them from fighting back. They said while it’s frustrating, a lot of good steps were put forward.