After Ronald proposed to Tammy Lynn they began planning the big day ‘an event to remember’ Tammy says. When a friend suggested they visit a trendy cake shop downtown they left that next morning. Their wedding would be an opportunity to celebrate their life together with family and friends. And also a chance to pay homage to the Confederacy. The Groom and his party all dressed in rebel grey battlesuits, and the bride, a southern belle. The theme was classic old South. The guest list included whites only — except cousin Aleshia’s black boyfriend, Dwayne.
Tammy Lynn explained her vision for a Confederate flag wedding to the co-owners of Fabulous Cakes, Chad and Aaron (married) before the couple stopped her dead in her tracks. Both southern sympathizers were escorted out of Fabulous Cakes and given an offer to never return.
The couple has since married and are now suing the cake makers for refusing them service. “My wedding was almost ruined. The stress of it all was too much. Good thing that Walmart was able to save the day by delivering a rebel cake.”
The Supreme Court has protected the right not to be forced to say, do or create anything expressing a message one rejects. Most famously, in West Virginia v. Barnette (1943), it barred a state from denying Jehovah’s Witnesses the right to attend public schools if they refused to salute the flag. In Wooley v. Maynard (1977), the court prevented New Hampshire from denying people the right to drive if they refused to display on license plates the state’s libertarian-flavored motto “live free or die.”
On Tuesday, the court will consider whether Colorado may deny Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the right to sell custom wedding cakes because he cannot in conscience create them for same-sex weddings. Mr. Phillips, who has run his bakery since 1993, sells off-the-shelf items to anyone, no questions asked. But he cannot deploy his artistic skills to create cakes celebrating themes that violate his religious and moral convictions. Thus he does not design cakes for divorce parties, lewd bachelor parties, Halloween parties or same-sex weddings.
Legal experts are divided on the merits of Tammy Lynn’s judicial challenges regarding her denial of service and the rights of the cake makers strongly held anti-bigotry beliefs.