DOJ backs Christian baker

In a recent court filing, the U.S. federal government has thrown its support behind a Christian wedding vendor whom the Colorado Civil Rights Commission penalized in 2014 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The U.S. Department of Justice’s amicus brief, filed Sept. 7 with the U.S. Supreme Court, argues that the baker, Jack Phillips, cannot be compelled by Colorado to “create expression for and participate in a ceremony” that would violate his First Amendment rights.