This Term’s highest-profile case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111, pits a same-sex Colorado couple against a cake-maker who refused to bake a cake for their wedding. The Justices appear poised to disagree on many facets of this case, which raises knotty questions of free speech, religion, and the role of the State in ensuring equal dignity—on both sides—in the marketplace. Reading between the lines during the Masterpiece Cakeshop oral arguments last Tuesday, we may get a sense of where the court is headed.

Justices: Where to draw the line?

If there’s one thing the Justices could agree on, it’s the need to determine where to “draw the line.” The Justices and advocates all wrestled with various counterfactuals and hypotheticals to measure the impact of any proposed rule of decision.

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