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The Trump administration delivered a new blow to the gay and lesbian community on Thursday when the U.S. Department of Justice sided against a same-sex couple in a major discrimination case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, baker Jack Phillips challenges rulings that he violated state anti-discrimination laws when he refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because, he claimed, it was against his religious beliefs. His lawyers argue the First Amendment speech and free exercise clauses bar the Colorado commission from compelling Phillips, a self-described “artist,” from creating a “custom expression” that he deems objectionable.

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