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Commentary: Does a bakery have free-speech rights? Business wants the same protections as you and I

The most high-profile case the Supreme Court will decide this term involves a Colorado bakery that refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. is hardly the first for-profit corporation to claim a constitutional right to refuse to do business with unwanted customers. But in the era of Citizens United, with the Supreme Court increasingly sympathetic to claims of corporate "personhood," the bakery has a much better chance of winning than it would have had in the past.

The long history of corporations claiming the same constitutional rights as "We the

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