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Behind the Headlines: What to make of Supreme Court decision in favor of Colorado baker

Anne Geraghty-Rathert talked about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds.
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Anne Geraghty-Rathert talked about the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds.

On June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds.

For Friday’s Behind the Headlines, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh talked to Webster University legal studies professor Anne Geraghty-Rathert about the implications of that decision and what it may or may not mean for the rights of same-sex couples.

Geraghty-Rathert said many are misinterpreting the court’s decision, thinking it allows for any company to refuse doing business with LGBTQ people.

“When you hear that one side won … you sort of assume that all of their arguments are on the winning side,” Geraghty-Rathert said. “You might assume there is a religious exception to anti-discrimination laws.”

But she emphasized that is not the case.

“All we can really get out of this case is that the government cannot show hostility toward anyone’s serious beliefs and can’t dismiss them or consider them to be contextual even,” Geraghty-Rathert added.

Listen to the full analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision:

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Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Lara is a producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.

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