2017-12-06 14:00:19 UTC
WH: Trump Backs Religious Liberty as SCOTUS Hears Wedding Cake Case
By Todd Beamon
President Donald Trump "certainly" supports religious liberty — and he would support the Colorado baker who is at the center of the wedding cake case that is pending before the Supreme Court.
"The president certainly supports religious liberty," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. "That's something that he talked about during the campaign and since upheld and since taking office."
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the case of baker Jack Phillips, who refused to prepare a cake for the wedding of a gay couple in 2012.
The Trump administration supports Phillips in his argument he cannot be forced to create a cake that violates his religious beliefs.
Justice Anthony Kennedy voiced competing concerns in the case, including whether a ruling in Phillips' favor would allow merchants to post signs saying, for instance, "We do not bake cakes for gay weddings."
However, Kennedy also said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission seemed "neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips' religious beliefs" when it found his decision violated the state's anti-discrimination law.
When a reporter asked Sanders whether Trump's support of religious liberty could lead shop owners to post signs saying they would not bake cakes for gay couples, she responded: "That would include that."