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Phillips, like Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman and others across the country, has argued that his religious objections are paramount.

The court will hear the case in its next term, which begins in October. "Businesses could say, based on a person's religious belief, they will not serve these people or those people".

A lawyer for Phillips says he also declines to make cakes for Halloween because the holiday violates his religious belief.

The Administrative Law Chamber of the Supreme Court emphasized that the Constitution does not state the right of same-sex couples to marry in Estonia, however the constitutional right to the protection of family life as well as the right to not be discriminated against does extend to same-sex couples. That decision ordered Phillips and his employees to create cakes that celebrate same-sex ceremonies and required him to comply with Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act by re-educating his staff (which includes members of his own family) and filing quarterly "compliance" reports for two years.

Though the en banc Third Circuit struck down New Jersey's law in a 10-2 opinion last summer, several developments on the national scale could give the state an edge in its appeal to the Supreme Court.

Phillips told a gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, that due to his Christian beliefs, his store's policy was to deny service to customers wanting to purchase cakes to for same-sex weddings.

Phillips said he stopped making wedding cakes after the lawsuit. While the wedding was held in MA, where same-sex marriage had been legal since 2004, the celebration was planned for back home in Colorado. Phillips cited the First Amendment, claiming that his right to religious freedom and freedom of expression trumped Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, though he initially lost the battle in a Colorado court and before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It imperils everyone's freedom by crushing dissent instead of tolerating a diversity of views. Two of the three couples asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision.

"This is the day that New Jersey has been waiting for for years", said Wallach, who has been closely following New Jersey's legal efforts to overturn the ban. Then the owners can use gambling in their current business.

The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the San Diego sheriff's strict limits on issuing permits for concealed weapons. It sent the cases back to lower courts for further proceedings.

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