A baker in a suburb of Denver must make wedding cakes for same-sex couples despite his religious objections, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled Friday.
Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to make a wedding cake for gay couple Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig in July 2012. Phillips, a devout Christian, cited religious objections in his refusal, which the commission said were overruled by Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws that prevents businesses from refusing service due to customer sexual orientation. Continue reading
The U.S. Justice Department will extend new rights to same-sex married couples, according to excerpts released from a speech by Attorney General Eric Holder. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, newly elected Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Virginia will no longer defend its ban on same-sex marriage, believing the law is unconstitutional. Also, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani promised more moderate policies for his country at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Continue reading
In reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, legally married same-sex couples are now entitled to the same tax benefits as straight couples, regardless of where they live. For more on the IRS policy change, Judy Woodruff talks to Brian Moulton of the Human Rights Campaign. Continue reading