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Kennedy Torn as First Amendment, Gay Rights Clash in Cake Case

Dec. 5, 2017, 9:15 PM

All eyes were on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy during the U.S. Supreme Court clash involving a cake baker who says Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws requiring him to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding violate his First Amendment rights. But the swing-justice didn’t give away which way he’ll eventually land during oral argument Dec. 5, expressing disagreement with both sides.

Kennedy, who frequently casts the deciding vote in controversial cases, has authored some of the court’s most pivotal cases protecting both gay rights and First Amendment guarantees. The case pits these issues against each other.

The baker argues that he...

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