SCOTUS Punts on Gay Wedding Cake, Nun Cases

Posted on June 17, 2019 12:45 pm

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The United States Supreme Court on Monday avoided taking action on two potentially inflammatory cases that touched on issues of religious liberty.

The first case, Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, concerned a pair of Oregon bakers who cited religious objections in declining to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding in 2013, PBS reports. The baker couple, Melissa and Aaron Klein, were obliged to pay Rachel Bowman-Cryer $135,000 in restitution after refusing to provide a cake for her wedding, a finding that an Oregon appellate court upheld.

But the Supreme Court, in a “Grant, Vacate, Remand”