The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the baker in Colorado who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.
The Colorado state court had found that baker, Jack Phillips’ decision to turn away David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012 was unlawful discrimination.
But the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the decision violated Mr Phillips’ rights, in a 7-2 vote.
Mr Phillips cited his religious beliefs in refusing service.
The conservative Christian argued “creative artists” have a right to decide what they sell.
The Supreme Court majority opinion wrote that the cake scenario was “an instructive example” of “the application of constitutional freedoms in new contexts”.
Colorado is one of 22 states that include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination law, which allowed Mr Craig and Mr Mullins to win their case before the state’s Civil Rights Commission.
But the Supreme Court’s verdict ruled that the Colorado commission had been biased against Mr Phillips.
Saraki ignores call to summon police IG to Senate
In apparent move to avoid extending another invitation to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday ignored a prayer to summon the police boss to appear before the lawmakers.
Following a point of order by Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, Dino Melaye (Kogi-PDP) mentioned as his only prayer that the senate invite Mr Idris.
Mr Ekweremadu had urged the senate to look into the gruesome killing of a Red Cross staff, Hauwa Liman, by the Boko-haram terrorist group.
Ms Liman was kidnapped alongside others in March in Rann, Borno State, when the insurgents launched an attack on a camp for displaced persons.
Contributing, Mr Melaye berated the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as being incompetent in providing security for the citizens.
He cited examples of police reckless killing of a corps member, Nkechi Igwetu, in July and the recent killing of another woman, Anita Akapson.
The lawmaker called for the summon of Mr Idris to explain the activities of his officers.
“This is beyond standing up and giving one minute silence,” said Mr Melaye.
“This is a time to invite the police. It’s either these policemen are on tramadol or other cheap drugs. That is the only explanation. There is a need to carry out drug audit on police in Nigeria.
“The senate should invite the Inspector-General of Police and ask why insecurity persists,” he said.
While citing the prayers for adoption, however, Mr Saraki left out that of Mr Melaye.
The senate adopted three prayers; to observe a two-minute silence for the deceased, condole with her family, and urge the federal government through its agencies to immediately ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and the last ICRC volunteer in Boko Haram captivity.
Mr Saraki asked that his colleagues second each of these prayers but failed to mete same treatment to the summon.
The omission may not be unconnected to series of face-off between the senate and Mr Idris before the last annual recess.
In less than a month, Mr Idris snubbed invitations by the senate thrice.
The police boss was first summoned on April 25 but he failed to appear.
On the day he was expected, the chairman of senate committee on police affairs, Abu Ibrahim, informed the lawmakers that the IGP had accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi.
The Senate re-summoned Mr Idris after it refused to allow the deputy Inspector-General of Operations to represent him.
The lawmakers summoned Mr Idris to appear on May 2 by 11 a.m. Again, he did not show up.
The chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim, told his colleagues he had not been able to reach Mr Idris for a while.
He said he later found out the police chief had travelled to Kaduna instead of honouring the Senate’s invitation.
The Senate issued a third summons following a suggestion by the senate president.
Mr Idris was again asked to attend the senate plenary, May 9. But when it was time for the IGP to be ushered in to the senate chamber, the lawmakers realised Mr Idris was not available.
13-yr-old boy steals Mother’s BMW, drives to his girlfriend’s house
A Texas mother, Liza Campero has dealt with her 13-year-old son, after he stole her new BMW – and she made sure he wouldn’t get away with it.
She tweeted a hilarious thread that followed her mother’s reaction to finding out her brother Aaron had taken her new car to his girlfriend’s house.
Campero, of El Paso, revealed that Aaron had disconnected the Wi-Fi in the house so their mother ‘wouldn’t be able to see her cameras’.
Aaron then went off to show off the brand new set of wheels to his girlfriend.
‘He’s out joyriding with his friends so we’re out here in the streets looking for him, starting at his girlfriend’s house,’ Campero said in a Snapchat to her friends.
Campero then began to document the ordeal on Twitter, revealing that her mother made her bring a belt to ‘whoop his a**’.
In the next clip, Campero’s mother can be heard discussing where her son is with another mother.
‘He’s on his way back to the house,’ one mom can be heard telling Campero’s mother.
‘Well he’s in so much trouble because him and Isaiah live on the same street,’ she responds.
‘The moms are all snitches,’ Campero wrote in a Snapchat caption of the video, which she later posted to Twitter.
Campero then films her mother calling her father and telling him about everything that happened.
After she hangs up the call, Campero’s mother spots her brand new BMW driving through the streets.
She rolls down her window and screams ‘Pull over now!’
As Aaron pulls to the side of the road, Campero’s mother stops the car and tells her daughter ‘give me the belt’.
She then walks over to her car and opens the door before repeatedly whacking her son with the belt.
Although Aaron was swiftly grounded, Campero revealed to her followers that she was able to convince their mom to let him take his girlfriend to homecoming.
He even made a sign to ask her that featured pictures of his mother screaming at him in the BMW.
Campero said it wasn’t the first time Aaron has taken one of the family cars, but she believes it’ll be his last.
‘Won’t be the last,’ one Twitter user chimed in. ‘As long as there is girls to be impressed eff the consequences.’
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer
Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, has died of cancer.
His family and Vulcan Inc., which was founded by Mr Allen, broke the news in a statement on Tuesday.
Vulcan Inc said aged 65, Mr Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle, hailing him as a “noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts.”
Mr Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, said that her brother “was a remarkable individual on every level.”
“While most people knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” she said.
Sitting Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, said Mr Allen had made “indispensible” contributions to Microsoft and the technology industry.
Mr Allen created Microsoft with his childhood friend, Bill Gates, in 1975.
Mr Gates, who is also co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, mourned Allen’s death, saying that he was “heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen.”
“From our early days together at Lakeside School (in Seattle), through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend.
“Personal computing would not have existed without him,” Mr Gates said in a statement.
Mr Allen founded Vulcan in the mid-80s to invest in several media and communications companies.
He also worked on philanthropic projects and invested in professional sports teams.
He had owned the U.S. National Football League’s Seahawks since 1997 and also owned the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.
Mr Allen was one of the world’s richest people, and ranked 44th on Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than 20 billion dollars, as of Monday.
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