More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that’ll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a Colorado baker who wouldn’t create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Courts are engaged in two broad types of cases on this issue.

Judges are considering whether sex discrimination laws apply to LGBT people.

And they’re reviewing whether businesses can assert religious objections to avoid complying with anti-discrimination measures in serving customers, hiring and firing employees, providing health care and placing children with foster or adoptive parents.

Religious conservatives have gotten a big boost from the Trump administration, which has taken a more restrictive view of LGBT rights and intervened on their side in several cases, the baker’s.

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