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Do pastry chefs have the right to refuse gay clientele?

Same-sex couples have had the right to get married for almost two years now in the United States, but do cake bakers have the right to refuse them business? The U.S. Supreme Court could be facing a decision about whether individuals have the right to say "no" to participating in same-sex marriages when it comes to offering their business services.

The case at the center of it all relates to a man who owns the business "Masterpiece Cakeshop." He publicly refuses to make cakes for same-sex couples based on his religious beliefs. He has lost multiple legal battles regarding this issue and he's now appealing to the Supreme Court to assert what he says is his religious right not to work for same-sex couples.

It's possible that the Supreme Court will accept the case. Alternatively, they might pass on the matter, as they did when presented with a similar case relating to a photography studio in New Mexico. The Supreme Court has been reluctant to accept cases that involve religious and civil rights questions. Until the Court decides if it will accept the matter relating to the cake baker and his alleged right to not decorate cakes for homosexuals, we will have to wait and see.

Have you been refused services, or treated unfairly in any way, as a result of discrimination against same-sex couples? Are you concerned about your family law rights as a spouse in a same-sex marriage? You may want to discuss your concerns with an experienced Minnesota attorney who regularly represents same-sex couples in their family law issues.

Source: USA Today, "Religious liberty battle still rages over gay marriage," Richard Wolf, accessed June 16, 2017

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