In the s, a number of American television comedies began to feature themes on same-sex relationships and characters who expressed same-sex attractions. Policy also varies regarding the adoption of children by same-sex couples. After a state appeals court affirmed the decision and the Oregon Supreme Court refused to weigh in, Sweetcakes by Melissa went out of business. Same-sex unions not recognized. The new case started in when the owners of a bakery called Sweetcakes by Melissa refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. Florida officer guilty of negligence for shooting caretaker.
Instructing the appeals court to reexamine the matter in light of a similar, narrowly-decided case last year from Colorado, the justices left open the key question of when discrimination on religious grounds can override civil rights protections written into law.
Same-sex intercourse legal. The high court declined to get involved in that battle, however, ruling in favor of the baker by stating that the Colorado commission was improperly hostile to his religious beliefs when they found him in violation of a state law. Even if the Supreme Court were to hear the case, however, its ruling likely wouldn't have a "direct effect on state laws about sexual orientation discrimination," Cruz says.
The Kleins appealed to the U.