New Jersey Gets US Supreme Court Hearing on Sports-Gambling Bid


The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning granted New Jersey its petition to be heard on a bid to allow betting on pro and college games.

The gun owners' appeal was turned down by a 7-2 vote of the Supreme Court.

Wolf also spotlighted that "twenty-nine states have no such laws, so gays and lesbians freed to marry by the Supreme Court in 2015 still can face discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations". Lower courts ruled in favor of the couple.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious legal group, is representing the Christian baker, Jack Phillips, in the Supreme Court case, according to BuzzFeed News.

The court jumped into the case even after the Trump administration urged the justices not to get involved.

The court took up an appeal by Jack Phillips, a baker who runs Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, just outside Denver, of a state court ruling that his refusal violated a Colorado anti-discrimination law.

"Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, this ruling could have a significant impact throughout the country regarding businesses being forced to go against the owner's sincerely held religious beliefs", said Matt Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. Craig and Mullins filed a civil rights complaint and won, first before an administrative court judge, then before the state Civil Rights Commission, and finally before the Colorado Court of Appeals. It said that if Phillips is creating custom wedding cakes for heterosexual couples, he must do the same for gay couples.

The other was Ahilan Nadarajah, a Sri Lankan who sought asylum in the United States in 2001 but ended up in detention for four years and five months due to secret evidence claiming he was a Tamil separatist fighter.

"The issue relies on whether one can rely on one's religious beliefs as a license to exempt yourself from laws that apply to everyone else", he said.

"The fact that the Supreme Court granted cert in this case is a very good sign for sports betting having a future in New Jersey", he said.

"When they walk into a business that's open to the public, they should be treated like anyone else and not be discriminated against". He said this decision, "reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right". "He simply believes that only marriage between a man and a woman should be celebrated", his lawyers wrote in the petition asking the court to take the case.



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