Cakes, Conscience, and Equality
Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. Court observers Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones join us to talk about what happened.
Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. Jack Phillips says he is an artist, and his cakes are free expression. Forcing him to make that cake, his lawyers argue, would be the same as forcing him to say something he doesn’t believe. Court observers Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones join us to talk about where the court may be headed and what it means for equality and free speech.
- RonNell Andersen Jones is a Professor in the College of Law at the University of Utah. She teaches and writes about the intersection between the media and the courts, with a particular focus on the U.S. Supreme Court. Jones clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
- Amy Wildermuth is also a Professor of Law at the University of Utah with expertise in U.S. Supreme Court practice and administrative law. Wildermuth clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court.
- Read the U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument transcript for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
- Listen to The New York Times' podcast The Daily breakdown of the case, December 5, 2017. Journalist Adam Liptak also spoke with Dahlia Lithwick at Amicus podcast.
- Los Angeles Times, David Savage, Supreme Court sounds skeptical of Colorado baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for gay couple
- First Mondays podcast with Ian Samuel and Dan Epps, Bespoke but Blank, December 4, 2017.
- The New York Times, Adam Liptak, Justices Sharply Divided in Gay Rights Case
- Learn about other cases mentioned today at scotusblog.com: Burwell v Hobby Lobby and Pena Rodriguez v. Coloradoand oyez.org: Employment Division v. Smith and Loving v. Virginia