High Court to Hear Travel Ban, Gay Rights Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider challenges to President Donald Trump's travel moratorium for six Muslim-majority nations, and a Colorado case involving gay couples and wedding cakes when justices return in the fall.

The high court for the time being reinstated part of the president's travel order which prevents anyone without ties to the U.S. to enter the country.  Those with visas and family will still be allowed in.

“They may have some other connection to the country such as they've applied for and been accepted to a university, but maybe they don't have their visa yet, so this is a very narrow sub-set of individuals,” says attorney Byron Henry with Dallas-firm Scheef & Stone.

Henry says ruling bodes well for the Trump adminstration heading into arguments in October.

“The Supreme Court put a nail in that coffin and said this is the president of the United States, not President Trump, but deference he's entitled to under the constitution on national security matters is very high,” he says.

However, Henry believes the bigger case involves a Christian baker who refused to take an order from a gay couple.

“We're going to have a head-on collision between the religious freedom wing of the court and the LGBT deserves same status as everyone in society branch of the court, and that's going to set up a major conflict between those two doctrines,” he says.

“This court is leaning strongly in favor of the rights of people to exercise their faith without discrimination, but on the other side the court also seems to be leaning in favor of treating LGBT members equal with the rest of society.”

Justices however, decided not to hear a challenge to California's conceal carry law.

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