The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on 26 June 2015 that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the nation. The ruling attracted renewed attention to the dilemma facing officials and business owners who don’t wish to play a role in same-sex marriages. Actually, the issue had already been widely exposed in the media with an Oregon anti-discrimination case. Sweet Cakes Bakery refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013, on religious grounds. The couple brought suit under the state’s 2007 Equality Act, which exempts religious organizations but not businesses. An administrative law judge ruled in April 2015 that the bakery owners must pay $135,000 in damages to the couple. There are many issues here, but an obvious one is whether a bakery should refuse its services to same-sex weddings.
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