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US Supreme Court throws out appeal against bakers who refused to make same-sex wedding cake

US Supreme Court throws out appeal against bakers who refused to make same-sex wedding cakeThe Supreme Court has thrown out a ruling against two bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.Justices handed a small victory to Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon by dismissing a state court ruling against them and telling state judges to look at it again. By doing so they avoided a high-profile decision on competing claims between gay rights activists and businesses which refuse to serve them on religious grounds, an issue which could have become electric in an election year had it stayed on the court's docket into 2020.The case began in 2012 when the bakers refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Lauren Bowman-Cryer, a lesbian couple who are now married. Mr and Mrs Klein maintain that baking the cake would violate their religious principles.Rachel Bowman-Cryer had gone to the bakery with her mother. They left when Mr Klein told them that he would not bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. According to court papers, as Rachel stayed in the car crying, her mother returned to the shop and told Mr Klein that she had once thought like him, but her "truth had changed" when she had two gay children. Mr Klein responded by quoting Leviticus: "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."Oregon’s labour bureau said the Kleins had violated Oregon law by discriminating against the Bowman-Cryers based on sexual orientation, and ordered them to pay $ 135,000 in damages.The case has similarities to a 2018 ruling, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the Court ruled that a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for the wedding of two men must do so.That case left the decision as to whether a business owner’s religious beliefs can justify refusing services to same-sex couples open, a question which the new bakery’s appeal hoped to reopen.A state appeals court agreed with the bureau, and the Oregon Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal.In a petition seeking review of that case, the Kleins’ lawyers argued that hearing the appeal would give the Court a chance to answer the seemingly open questions from Colorado’s case.“It squarely presents the constitutional questions that the court did not answer in Masterpiece Cakeshop,” they wrote.On Monday, the Supreme Court chose to pass on an appeal.The bakery has since gone out of business.The First Liberty group, which has been representing the Kleins, hailed the decision. Its president, Kelly Shackelford, said in a statement: "This is a victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans. The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the Court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated."



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Bride has to hide her IV drip after being diagnosed with cancer just days before her wedding

Bride has to hide her IV drip after being diagnosed with cancer just days before her weddingOn the day of her dream wedding, Ashley Heil, 27, had to hide an IV drip in her arm and get a dose of nausea medication all before cutting her own cake. The Pennsylvania woman was diagnosed with cancer just days before her wedding.



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Mesut Ozil sparks new political row over wedding invite for Turkish president

Mesut Ozil sparks new political row over wedding invite for Turkish presidentThe footballer Mesut Özil has become embroiled in a new political row in Germany over reports he asked Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, to be guest of honour at his wedding. The Arsenal star resigned from the German national team last year claiming he was a victim of racism after coming under fire over his public support for Mr Erdoğan . German politicians spoke out after he was pictured with his fiancee, Amine Gulse, meeting Mr Erdoğan at Istanbul airport last week. “The fact this is still going on will disappoint a lot of football fans, including me,” Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told reporters. Bild, Germany’s highest-selling newspaper, carried reports of the wedding invitation on its front page. Last year's extraordinary political row which culminated in one of Germany’s biggest football stars quitting the national team began when Özil and Ilkay Gündoğan, another player of Turkish descent, posed for photographs with Mr Erdoğan in London. Özil's decision to pose alongside Mr Erdoğan last year set off a political row that culminated in his retirement from the German national team Credit: KAYHAN OZER/AFP Several Germans were being held in Turkey at the time as part of the regime’s crackdown on opposition and press freedom, and the footballer's decision to pose alongside the Turkish president caused widespread public anger in Germany. Many blamed the controversy for Germany’s poor performance in the World Cup, and Özil  subsequently announced his retirement from the national team on Twitter, writing: “If we win, I’m German. If we lose, I’m an immigrant." A third-generation German whose grandparents immigrated from Turkey, Özil defended his decision to pose with Mr Erdoğan as “respecting the highest office of my family's country”. He announced his engagement to Ms Gulse, a former Miss Turkey, earlier this year. “Everyone can invite whoever he likes to his wedding, and of course this also applies to Mesut Özil,” said Cem Özdemir of the Green Party, Germany’s highest-profile politician of Turkish heritage. “But both current and former national players are role models and must ask themselves whether they live up to that role if they indulge autocrats who enrich themselves at the expense of their country and make their opponents disappear in dungeons. I think that is inappropriate.”



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Paul Whelan, US citizen arrested on spying charges in Russia, was there for wedding, family says

Paul Whelan, US citizen arrested on spying charges in Russia, was there for wedding, family saysThe family of an American arrested in Russia for alleged spying have protested his innocence, saying he was a retired US Marine who went to Moscow for a wedding. Paul Whelan, 48, was detained on Friday, and Russia's Federal Security Service said he was caught "during an espionage operation," but gave no further details. The Russian spying charges carry a potential prison sentence of up to 20 years. In a statement his family said Mr Whelan had gone to Russia for the wedding of another US Marine. They said: "We have read reports of the arrest in Moscow of Paul Whelan, our son and brother. Paul is a retired Marine and was visiting Moscow to attend a wedding." Mr Whelan's stopped communicating with his family on December 28 "which was very much out of character for him even when he was traveling". His family added: "We are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being. His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected." The statement was released by his twin brother David Whelan, who added: "It is inconceivable to me that he would have done anything to break the law in Russia." Mr Whelan said the wedding his brother attended was at a luxury hotel in central Moscow on Dec 28, the day of the arrest. US state department officials said they had received formal notification of the detention from the Russian foreign ministry, and were pushing for consular access. It came as relations between the US and Russia are severely strained, in part over Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Maria Butina, a Russian gun-rights activist, is currently in US custody after recently admitting she acted as an illegal foreign agent in 2016.



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Government shutdown forces couple to relocate wedding with just 7 days notice

Government shutdown forces couple to relocate wedding with just 7 days noticeA couple set to be married at the end of the month was forced to scramble and



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Wedding Guests Wear Blindfolds In Support Of Bride Who Lost Her Vision

Wedding Guests Wear Blindfolds In Support Of Bride Who Lost Her VisionA bride who lost her eyesight asked her wedding guests to wear blindfolds



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Woman wears wedding gown after fiance dies in Lion Air crash

Woman wears wedding gown after fiance dies in Lion Air crashJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman whose fiance died on a Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea was photographed in her wedding dress and professed her love for him on the day they were to have been married.



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16 Gifts For Newlyweds They Didn't Get At The Wedding

16 Gifts For Newlyweds They Didn't Get At The WeddingIf you're friendly with a pair of newlyweds, here's something they probably



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Waldo Works Devises a Brutalist Space for the Jeweler that Made Meghan Markle's Wedding Ring

Waldo Works Devises a Brutalist Space for the Jeweler that Made Meghan Markle's Wedding RingWelsh company Wartski has a new shop inside a 1910 London building



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2 Brides Celebrate Their Marriage By Setting Wedding Dresses On Fire

2 Brides Celebrate Their Marriage By Setting Wedding Dresses On FireThis is one wedding ceremony that got very heated.



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