, is a colorado bakery owned and operated by jack phillips, an expert baker and devout christian. In 2012 he told a same-sex couple that he would not create a cake for their wedding celebration because of his religious opposition to same-sex marriagesmarriages that colorado did not then recognizebut that he would sell them other baked goods, e. Gay and lesbian couples have gained a lot of legal ground in recent years, including the right to marry. Although same-sex marriage is now legal, its important to stay up to speed on the laws governing parentage, adoption, civil unions, and domestic partnerships, which vary from state to state. In 1996, the supreme court again considered gay rights issues in romer v evans, a challenge to a provision in the colorado constitution (adopted by a 54 to 46 vote) that prohibited the state or its subdivisions from adopting any laws that gave preferred or protected status to homosexuals. To supplement their studies and to engage with the community, our students lead and belong to a number of diverse student organizations. Membership in one or more student organizations enables students to pursue their interests outside of the classroom, increase their knowledge of specific areas of law, gain valuable leadership experience, and collaborate with fellow students, faculty, alumni. a boston-based staff lawyer for gay and lesbian advocates and defenders, bonauto won the massachusetts case that made the state the first to allow gay couples to wed in 2004. 9 landmark supreme court cases that shaped lgbtq rights in america. On november 3, 2004, the day after oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, two lesbian couples, mary bishop and sharon baldwin, and susan barton and gay phillips, filed a challenge in federal court in tulsa. The first couple was denied a marriage license by the court clerk for tulsa county. Attorneys for the gay couple refused services by the colorado baker argue the baker has no first amendment protection because the states anti-discrimination regulates behavior, not speech. 13, 2016 - judge rules against couple in first gay marriage court case in china a judge ruled on wednesday against a gay couple who had sought the right to marry, in chinas first court case addressing the issue of same-sex unions.