Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was argued on December 5, 2017 and decided on June 4, 2018.

This is a case about a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. The baker, a Christian who refuses to design custom cakes that conflict with his religious belief, argues that his custom cakes are a mode of artistic expression and designing this cake would force him to express an idea he considers objectionable—the celebration of same-sex marriage. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission enforces the Colorado anti-discrimination law that bars businesses that sell to the public from discriminating based on sexual orientation. The Commission argues that this law targets conduct, not speech. The state says that no reasonable observer would believe that the provision of a cake for a wedding communicates the baker’s approval of the marriage. They say that if Masterpiece Cakeshop wants to sell cakes for opposite-sex weddings, they must do the same for same-sex weddings.

Case Summary

Oral Argument


News Articles and Resources

  • SCOTUSblog: Wedding Cakes v. Religious Beliefs? In Plain English
  •  New York Times: Where to Draw Line on Free Speech? Wedding Cake Case Vexes Lawyers