U.S. Justice Dept. Sides With Anti-LGBT Bigot In Wedding Cake Case

Attorney General Jeff Sessions At Public Event (Credit: Gage Skidmore / CC 2.0/Flickr)

The justice department of President Donald Trump has chosen to side with an anti-LGBT business who has declined to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples according to Buzzfeed.

"On Thursday, in a filing at the high court, the Justice Department announced that it agrees with Masterpiece Cakeshop, arguing that it would create an "intrusion" on the First Amendment "where a public accommodations law compels someone to create expression for a particular person or entity and to participate, literally or figuratively, in a ceremony or other expressive event. Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights," the Justice Department lawyers wrote.

In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins attempted to order a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, but owner Jack Phillips declined, saying that it would violate his religious beliefs. While it remains legal in many parts of the US to turn gay couples away from businesses, 21 states ban discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation, including Colorado."

The Obama Justice Dept. had defended the rights of the LGBT community.