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I've read a lot of smart things about #MasterpieceCakeshop in the past 30h, and it's clarified my thinking. There is so much unresolved, but I want to tease out a few things which seem clearer to me:
1. This particular baker would lose before the Supreme Court if the case had originally been heard before a neutral arbiter. The record seems clear that he did not want to produce goods for any same-sex ceremony, even if it required no artistic/personal expression on his part.
(As Justice Ginsburg notes in dissent, one can easily draw a line between Cakes With Words and Cakes Without.)
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BREAKING: SCOTUS reversed the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, based on concerns specific to the case.

The Court did NOT rule that the Constitution gives a right to discriminate.
Some background on #MasterpieceCakeshop: Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado in July of 2012. They were planning to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception, and invited Charlie’s mom along to help them pick it out.
When the shop owner realized the cake was for Dave and Charlie, he refused to sell them a cake because they are LGBT.…
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We're going to hear about Supreme Court opinions in a minute or two, and I want to address one issue in #MasterpieceCakeshop that has been badly obscured by the bakery: That case is not and never was about free speech or free expression. Because of what acutally happened
Here is what actually happened. Facts. The gay couple walked in. Introduced themselves and said we want a cake for “our wedding.” The did not discuss what would be on the cake, the decoration, the color, the artistry, or even whether the bakery would participate in the wedding.
We know this happened because THE PARTIES AGREED IT HAPPENED. You don't have to believe me, go read it for yourself. Here's a link to the findings of undisputed fact. Check out paragraphs 5, 6, 7, 8.…
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1/ A few quick, Colorado-centric thoughts on the #MasterpieceCakeshop oral argument.… #copolitics #colaw
2/ Coloradan and newest Justice Neil Gorsuch’s questioning favored Masterpiece. Gorsuch expressed concern that the Civil Rights Commission was hostile to certain religious beliefs …
3/ …and that the remedial training the Commission ordered independnetly violated the First Amendment. It looks like Gorsuch is a firm vote to reverse (which most everyone expected).
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Walking out of #MasterpieceCakeshop to big crowds on both sides. Arguments ran long and Piggie Park came up several times / THREAD /
.@AllianceDefends starred off and got lots of questions about premade cakes. J. Kennedy inquisitive why that made a difference
Justices Ginsburg & Kagan asked about florists, caterers, jewelers, hair stylists, makeup artists, tailors. Inconsistent answers: baker but not chef is 1A exempt
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My brilliant colleague @imillhiser is up on @IngrahamAngle to discuss the Masterpiece Cakeshop case with a lawyer from the anti-LGBTQ hate group @AllianceDefends. #OpenToAll
2. Here's the clip of the interview. Let's fact check a couple things, because @AllianceDefends' Jim Campbell and @IngrahamAngle get quite a few things about #MasterpieceCakeshop wrong.

3. First of all, the Constitution does not protect a white supremacist group's access to cake from a gay baker. @IngrahamAngle is clearly gaslighting by comparing a legit ID like sexual orientation to pure racism.
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Let's talk about the #MasterpieceCakeshop case at #SCOTUS. It involves a familiar story... <THREAD>
Three customers walk into a small business that sells specialty foods. The owner turns them away or denies access to full range of products.
When the owner is challenged in court, he claims the First Amendment exempts him from public accommodations law. He's described as an artist
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