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Supreme Court revisits cakes and gay marriage

WASHINGTON - Wedding cakes and same-sex marriages are back before the Supreme Court, and this time the justices are being asked to rule broadly that the First Amendment's protection of the "free exercise" of religion shields conservative Christians from state civil rights laws.

An Oregon couple who were fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for the marriage of two women have asked the justices to take their case. If the court does so, the new conservative majority could significantly change the law on religious liberty and LGBTQ rights. The justices could announce as early as Monday whether they will hear the case.

For nearly three decades, the court has followed a rule

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