Through the Gates talks wedding cakes, LGBT rights with Steve Sanders

The Media School Report • Jan. 31, 2018

Through the Gates: IU This Week discusses wedding cakes and LGBT rights with law professor Steve Sanders.

Sanders, AB’84, published an article Dec. 2 in The New York Times that discusses the implications of the Supreme Court Case between baker Jack Phillips and a gay couple. Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for the couple because he argues that when he makes a cake, his is voicing his views on the wedding, and his religious views against gay marriage give him the First Amendment right to not make a cake that would support gay marriage.

In his op-ed piece, Sanders argues that Phillips is making a commercial product and the government therefore has a right to regulate his business.

Sanders is an associate professor of law and a member of the affiliated faculty for the Department of Gender Studies, the Kinsey Institute and the Department of Political Science.

Through the Gates is a joint project from The Media School, the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, and IU Newsroom. Media School dean James Shanahan is one of the hosts of the series.