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There will be no winners in the Supreme Court’s wedding cake case

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The public fascination with the Supreme Court, shrouded in mystery and robed with power, lies in its operatic authority not just to dispense justice but also to do so with dramatic flair. Someone wins, and someone loses. That is precisely what makes the court too blunt an instrument for resolving many conflicts of rights.

The court will hear arguments Tuesday for a case that illustrates this perfectly. It involves a baker who refused on religious grounds to produce a cake for a gay couple’s wedding reception. The dispute has been described as a landmark test of LGBT rights. It is also being heralded as a moment to protect religious liberty.

But in reality, this case is testing the limits of the courts’ ability to resolve social disputes. No matter which party prevails, there is no winning scenario.

Left to the political process — or even better, to informal mechanisms of society — the conflict almost certainly could be resolved without forcing a choice between anti-discrimination laws and religious freedom. Surely no one believes same-sex couples actually want the services of a baker they consider a bigot. The object of the case is not to secure Masterpiece Cakeshop’s services. It is to dragoon its owner, Jack C. Phillips, into compliance with their views.

The problem is that Phillips can’t be forced to agree with those views. He can only be made to deliver a cake, but that outcome would almost surely set the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement back by stoking resentment from its opponents. That is exactly what happened in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when court rulings sparked a wave of state constitutional amendments defining marriage heterosexually.

Court cases — or in the Colorado bakery instance, civil rights complaints resolved by administrative judges — tend to do that. While the political process is rooted in persuasion and compromise, rights claims signal to their targets that complainants do not believe they should have to engage in either.

Diplomat and legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon calls this “rights talk,” or the substitution of rights claims for reason-giving. Whereas reason-giving — dialogue and persuasion, essentially — brings people together, rights talk splits them further apart. Where compromise bridges conflicts, rights talk accentuates them.

In this case, rights talk is forcing a conflict between two fundamental values. Of course, sometimes values collide and society must choose. But the prudent first course should be to avert collision.

The most obvious option is for a couple to obtain their wedding cake from a baker who is happy to supply it and from whom they are pleased to purchase it. Masterpiece Cakeshop is outside Denver. The supply of bakers there is ample. Common sense — or common courtesy — provides supple tools to resolve the dispute.

Those who believe in tougher measures against discrimination also have tools: There is a growing market for same-sex weddings that Masterpiece Cakeshop is losing — a more severe punishment than courts are capable of meting out.

In either case, the challenge for rights advocates is implementing long-term changes. The solution is erecting a deep foundation of support. James Madison recognized as much. He derided bills of rights as “parchment barriers” easily overrun by majorities who did not genuinely support them. When he came around to endorsing a Bill of Rights, Madison said that one of its foremost purposes would be creating a basis for educating and appealing to the public.

This political model of rights has given way to a judicial ethic that explicitly aims to spare citizens the slower yet surer work of persuading one another. It has exempted elected officials from the responsibility of balancing competing values.

One might ask what distinguishes this case from laws concerning racial discrimination. In other words, why not also keep those from the courts?

One answer is that cases such as Brown v. Board of Education did not contribute nearly as much to desegregation as political processes did. The more important answer is that the judiciary is a clumsy instrument for such distinctions. There is a substantial difference between sincere religious objections to same-sex marriage and bogus objections to laws against racial discrimination. Most people can make that distinction intuitively.

In Masterpiece Cakeshop , LGBT advocates can hope for a pyrrhic victory at best. Conscientious objectors to same-sex weddings may be pressed into service, but only at the long-range cost of intensifying their opposition. A vindication of religious liberty, meanwhile, would tarnish that value, however unfairly, with the taint of discrimination.

These are unfortunate choices, all the more so because they are unnecessary. Politics would avert them. Informal mechanisms of society — the couple choosing another baker, the baker forgoing business — would defuse them. Diverting the case to court is the only scenario in which, by forcing a winner, everyone loses.Read more at:purple bridesmaid dresses | black bridesmaid dresses

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Jillian Faye Boone of Iota and Kevin Frem Frank Jr. of Roberts Cove were joined in holy matrimony at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iota on the evening of Friday, Nov. 17.

Rev. Msgr. Keith DeRouen celebrated the 6:30 p.m. Nuptial Mass.

The bride is the daughter of Kyle and Jody Boone of Iota. Her maternal grandparents are Fred and Jan Cart of Iota and the late Phyllis Cart, and her paternal grandparents are Kenneth and Carolyn Boone of Westlake.

Jillian is a 2015 graduate of Iota High School and is presently studying early childhood education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The groom is the son of Kevin and Kate Frank Sr. of Roberts Cove. His grandparents are Mrs. Garry Aycock of Roberts Cove and the late Dr. and Mrs. Jack Frank of Crowley.

Kevin is a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish and is currently a mechanical engineering student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was beautiful in a dreamy lace and tulle Maggie Sottero gown. The ivory wedding dress featured a separate champagne slip gown of Vogue satin, a V-neckline and delicate cap sleeves. The gown was finished with an elegant keyhole back and a row of satin-covered buttons.

The bride paired her gown with a cathedral length tulle veil and carried a bouquet of cream roses and an abundance of greenery that included eucalyptus, olive branches and green hypericum berries. Entwined in the bouquet was a rosary given to the bride by her mother, who had it made from rose petals saved from the bride’s engagement day.

In keeping with tradition, the bride wore a ruby hatchet pin worn by five prior generations of brides on her mother’s side of the family as “something old,” while her wedding dress served as “something new.” An angel pin given to her mother after her grandmother’s death was “something borrowed,” and the soles of her shoes were “something blue.”

Caitlin Boone, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor.

Bridesmaids were Morgan Boone and Madelyn Boone, sisters of the bride; Jane Fluitt and Emma Frank, sisters of the groom; Ella Frank, sister and Godchild of the groom; and Kassidy Guidry, Victoria Andrus, Vivian Stutes and Mallory Faul, friends of the bride.

The brideal attendants wore sleeveless full length taupe gowns featuring V-necklines and swooping cowl backs and carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet.

Elizah Boone, niece and Godchild of the bride, served as flower girl. She was escorted by Luke Fluitt, nephew and Godchild of the groom, and Michael Fluitt, nephew of the groom.

David Frank, brother of the groom, served as best man.

Standing as groomsmen were Jack Frank, Joseph Frank and Matthew Frank, brothers of the groom; Patrick Hundley, Jeff Michael Daigle, Hogan Guidry and Alexander Rozas, friends of the groom; Brennan Boone, brother of the bride; and William Frank, cousin of the groom.

Rankin Bihm, Brennan Corzine, John Bryant Gielen, Christian Hundley and Jack Wagar, friends of the groom, and John Thomas Frank, cousin of the groom, served as ushers.

For her daughter’s wedding day, the mother of the bride, the former Jody Cart, selected a taupe floor length Tadashi Shoji lace gown featuring an ivory lace bodice overlay.

The mother of the groom, the former Kathleen O’Meara, chose a Jessica Howard tea length gown featuring three quarter length sleeves, a lace bodice and a shantung skirt.

Both mothers carried small hand-held bouquets similar to that of the bride.

Music for the ceremony was provided by soloist Vanessa Benoit, violinist Thomas Benoit and pianist Barbara Marshall.

Selected scriptures were read by Megan Cart Chachere, aunt and Godmother of the bride, and Elizabeth Moody Gielen, a dear friend to the Frank family.

Offertory gifts were presented by Ashley Cart LaCombe, aunt and Godmother of the bride; Keith Boone, uncle and Godfather of the bride; and Theodore Frank, uncle and Godfather of the groom.

Following the nuptials, family and friends joined the newlywed couple for a beautiful candlelit reception at Point-aux-Loups Springs Ballroom in Iota.

The bride’s three-tiered traditional ivory wedding cake was topped with flowers matching those of the wedding, and the groom’s square cake was decorated in navy with and topped with his initials.

Out-of-town guests traveled from Las Vegas, Nevada; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Spokane, Washington.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the parents of the groom hosted a 6 p.m. rehearsal dinner at Mo’ Crawfish restaurant. Guests enjoyed homemade crawfish étouffée, green beans and Caesar salad, along with rolls.Read more at:bridal gowns | wedding dresses online

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