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Local attorney addresses recent Supreme Court ruling

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The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple due to his religious beliefs.

The ruling does not address the key issue of whether a business can refuse service to gay or lesbian people, but it is sparking strong reactions across the country.

“In reality, he was refusing to bake the cake out of a sincere religious belief that he couldn’t. Now the Supreme Court looked at all that very closely and they determined that the state commission had treated him wrongly,” said Ed Czuprinski, local civil liberties attorney.

Some Mid-Michigan residents agree with the high court ruling.

“I think everyone has a right to their own core values and their belief system,” one resident said.

Others said the baker should have provided the cake for the same-sex couple.

“They’re everyday people. There should be no discrimination,” one resident aid.

The 7-2 decision did not resolve whether opponents of same-sex marriage - including florists, photographers and bakers – can refuse commercial wedding services to gay couples.

Czuprinski said the issue of businesses refusing to provide services to same-sex couples is far from over.

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