John Roberts

Kennedy sends mixed signals in Supreme Court gay-wedding cake case

Kennedy sends mixed signals in Supreme Court gay-wedding cake case

It quickly became clear at the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Justice Anthony Kennedy holds the key to whether the First Amendment protects a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple - and Kennedy's pivotal role makes the outcome uncertain.

The 81-year-old justice gave both sides cause for hope and concern. That shouldn't be surprising, because the case represents a conflict between two principles that have been dear to Kennedy during nearly 30 years on the court: recognition of gay rights and protection of religious beliefs.

"If you prevail," Kennedy asked the Trump administration lawyer siding with Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack...

32°