Analysts Parse Kennedy's Words in Gay Cake Case


So must a baker make a cake for a gay couple even if he opposes same-sex marriage? 

The answer, it seems, lies solely with Anthony Kennedy. That's the gist of coverage from Tuesday's closely watched arguments in the Supreme Court. The Washington Post reports that the four more liberal justices seemed to side with the gay couple, while the four more conservative justices leaned toward the baker. 

That leaves Kennedy in the familiar position of casting the deciding vote, but he didn't seem particularly happy with either side on Tuesday. He sent "sharply contradictory" messages with his questions, per Adam Liptak in the New York Times. In an analysis at SCOTUSblog, however, Amy Howe suggests that when all was said and done, the edge seemed to go to the baker.

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