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How might ‘Masterpiece’ ruling affect the Kleins?

June 11, 2018

A Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier this week not only means a lot for a Colorado baker, but possibly for a couple of former bakery owners in Oregon as well.

In a 7-2 ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips’ rights under the First Amendment. Reactions to the ruling were mixed, perhaps reflecting the confusing description of the lopsided vote as a “narrow” decision.

“It’s not a far-reaching opinion, [and] some might even describe it as a narrowly decided opinion, but that doesn’t mean it is not an important decision,” says attorney Mike Berry of First Liberty Institute. “It certainly means a great deal to [Phillips] – and it also means a great deal to First Liberty Institute clients, such as Aaron and Melissa Klein.”

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