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Justices to review New Jersey bid for legal sports betting

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Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips cracks eggs into a cake batter mixer inside his store in Lakewood Colo. The Supreme Court is taking on a new clash between gay rights and religion in a case about a weddin

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide the constitutionality of a federal statute banning states from authorizing sports betting.

Many Coloradans in particular remember the turbulent beginnings of the 2012 court case of Craig and Mullins v. Masterpiece Cakeshop. Lower courts ruled in favor of the couple. As we consider the ramifications of that case, which will be one of the most closely-watched and hotly-anticipated items on the Court's docket next term, let's take a look at some new, related public opinion data from Pew Research. The legislation included several exceptions, including an allowance for sports betting in Nevada and three other states that had already authorized limited wagering on sports contests.

On Monday the Supreme Court announced that it will take up the case of a Christian baker who refused to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

In August 2015, Colorado's Court of Appeals ruled against Phillips and the state's Supreme Court subsequently refused to hear the case, prompting Phillips to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

The justices - who upheld same-sex marriage nationwide in a landmark 2015 ruling - apparently decided that despite state laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, the merchants' obligation to same-sex couples was not necessarily baked in the cake. New Jersey believes it should have the option to allow legalized sports gambling. This year, they added the Raiders' planned move to Las Vegas to their litany of attacks, which have included the league's embrace of daily fantasy sports, its annual scheduling of games in London with its legal betting and the fact that they operate a fantasy game itself for fans. The NCAA and National Football League remain opposed to expanding legal sports betting, and the NHL has mostly remained quiet on the prospect in recent years.

The NHL has also expanded to Las Vegas, where a new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, will begin play this fall. The leagues twice sued New Jersey Gov.

Sports gambling may be the favorite taboo of SEC fans. Now the Supreme Court will have the final decision.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose office defended the law, called the Supreme Court's action "welcome news for California and gun safety everywhere". The Republican top prosecutor in Maricopa County and the pro-family group Center for Arizona Policy argue that the U.S. Supreme Court decision isn't as wide-ranging as gay marriage proponents contend it is.

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