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Can an Indiana baker legally refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple?

Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Some in Indiana are watching the case closely, anticipating that a decision could have a trickle-down effect. For now, here's the short answer to the question as it currently stands in Indiana: In most parts of the state, there is no law that would prohibit a business from turning away a gay couple because of their sexual orientation. So, theoretically, a baker could refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple with no legal ramifications in many parts of Indiana. In some Indiana cities and towns, including Indianapolis and Carmel, there are local laws that prohibit employers, landlords and business owners from discriminating against gay people — like the statewide law in Colorado that came into play when Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to provide a cake for a gay couple. But religious conservatives are challenging those laws in court. In their case, they specifically take issue with employers who are conservative Christians who could be punished under the laws for refusing to hire workers because they are gay. They hope the Masterpiece Cakeshop case will swing a decision in their favor. Would RFRA have allowed Christian bakers to legally turn away gay couples? In 2015, as the state debated the so-called religious freedom law, some said the law could be used by religious conservatives to discriminate against gay people.

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