Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who declined to bake a cake for a gay wedding. This ruling is an important victory for religious freedom and especially important to Kentuckians since a similar religious liberty case is pending in the State Supreme Court. Blaine Adamson of Hands on Originals was dragged before the Lexington Human Rights Commission after he declined to fulfill a T-shirt order for organizers of a Lexington gay pride parade. His appeal to religious freedom was initially declined. But this Supreme Court ruling boosts his chances of winning. The bottom line of this ruling is that it restores dignity to people committed to their religious beliefs and affirms that their conscience rights extend into the marketplace—something the First Amendment guarantees for each of us.