|Anti-gay baker narrowly wins at SCOTUS, but the LGBTQ community did not lose. Time for another round.|
By now, the news of the SCOTUS ruling for Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who wouldn't bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, has reached pretty much all of us. And with that reach comes less of a freak-out and more of a realization.
The ruling for Phillips was narrow in that the court merely looked at how the state commission in Colorado supposedly showed a hostility to his religious beliefs. SCOTUS did not settle the question of can "religious liberty" be used as a way to discriminate. The court did not give the religious right what it wanted - a blanket religious liberty exemption. However while the religious right may use this case to pursue more cases, we have an enormous amount of wiggle room - particularly in cases involving tax monies going to entities which freely discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Granted, the religious right is going to spin the hell out of this case. After all, they have to fundraise. But in the general sense, they have won nothing.
Nor have we, except for one thing.
We have a chance to stare into the abyss of negative possibilities and hopefully we are learning from this. No matter how many victories we win, there are groups and people out there who will exploit, manipulate, and spin to take it all from us. No longer should we be saying "just ignore them," "don't give them any attention." Maybe it's time we start taking these folks seriously. We need to start engaging in the political process and educating ourselves and others about these folks and groups with as much exuberance as some of us watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race' or argue about "intersectionality" and "privilege." This is a war, folks. It was the reason why I began this blog in 2006. Let's all start acting like warriors. Patient, pragmatic, hot-fired, whatever it takes. We didn't lose this round. But there will be more rounds coming.
Supreme Court sidesteps major ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop case - Washington Blade also nails the situation
The Supreme Court’s opinion in the anti-gay baker case is a stupid, waste-of-time punt - ThinkProgress says the same thing, but makes a wonderful point of the inanity of it all.
Supreme Court upholds basic principles of nondiscrimination, reverses Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision - ACLU spin is generally accurate.
And let's forget the opposition. Like I said - Spin, spin, spin:
"The Supreme Court made clear that the government has no authority to discriminate against Jack Phillips because of his religious beliefs." @tperkins #SCOTUS #JusticeForJack https://t.co/MPIZTRNSNz pic.twitter.com/2r2FRJ82vo— FRC (@FRCdc) June 4, 2018
Becket's Pres. Mark Rienzi on #Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CCRC #SCOTUS decision today: pic.twitter.com/qu0sbnKMXk— BECKET (@BecketLaw) June 4, 2018