UPDATE: According to the WSJ, this sets no precedent: SC "ducked a decision on whether religious merchants can deny service to gay people, finding that a Christian baker didn’t get a fair hearing before a state civil-rights commission but issuing no broader precedent."
Vote is 7-2.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor cast the lone dissenting votes, splitting from their liberal colleagues Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, who voted with the majority. Phillips’ attorneys argued that he would never refuse general service to a gay person, but stipulated that his religious beliefs prevented him from creating custom wedding cakes for same-sex celebration.
The ruling does not broadly empower merchants to deny service based on sexual orientation but rather narrowly addresses the question of whether the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated hostility toward Phillips’ religious views in ruling against him.
In defending the majority opinion, Kennedy cited Colorado state law, which at the time held that merchants were entitled to decline to print specific messages demeaning gay people and other groups.