Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Kennedy Sends Mixed Messages in Supreme Court Cake Case

  • Court weighs case of baker who won’t make gay-wedding cakes
  • Justices appear ideologically divided on Colorado bias law
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Updated on

Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy sent mixed messages during a spirited and divisive U.S. Supreme Court argument Tuesday over a Colorado baker who refuses to make cakes for same-sex weddings.

In a session that ran more than 20 minutes over its allotted hour, the justices peppered both sides with questions -- and repeatedly interrupted each other -- as they debated whether the baker’s speech and religious rights trump a state anti-discrimination law. It was the first full-scale fight over gay rights since the court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.