USD School of Law Professor Steven Smith Lectures on the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Professor Smith Lectures on the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Steven Smith

SAN DIEGO (August 30, 2018) – On August 7, 2018, University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Warren Distinguished Professor, Steven Smith, gave his lecture “The Cake Artist and the ‘Fixed Star in Our Constitutional Constellation,’ ” at Chautauqua Institution’s Week Seven “Let Them Eat Cake? Defining the Future of Religious Freedom in the U.S.” interfaith theme. Smith breaks down the constitutional defenses that concluded the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case.

The Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was a notable case in Lakewood, Colorado, about a bakery’s refusal to provide services to a same-sex couple based on owner Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission found the bakery discriminated against the couple but Phillips rejected their judgement and took the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, and then to the Supreme Court of the United Sates. The Court declared its ruling on June 4, 2018, reversing the decision made by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

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