Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018)

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was our winter 2017 SCOTUS in the Classroom case.  

Each SCOTUS Term, Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to hold moot courts or mini-moot courts of the case the same weeks that the Supreme Court hears arguments, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments at the Court. 

Case Summary:

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Case Issue: 

Does enforcement of Colorado’s anti-discrimination law require Masterpiece Cakeshop to create expression in a way that violates the baker’s free speech or free exercise rights under the First Amendment?

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Decision:

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

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  • 5
    AP US GOV

    Posted by Trevor Shoffer on Jan 24th 2020

    It was a good tool to examine Free exercise clasuse

  • 5
    Super Useful

    Posted by Mary Anne Christy on Jul 23rd 2019

    This case continues to be relevant and the way Street Law lays it all out is super helpful. What a great resource!

  • 5
    Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    Posted by Julie Weaver on Mar 27th 2019

    Excellent explanation, good analysis of the decision, easy to understand.