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Kennedy torn between Christian baker, same-sex couple

Protesters outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, along with the court's liberal bloc, has consistently pushed the court toward a broader recognition of same-sex couples' rights. But in arguments in a critical case on Tuesday, Kennedy seemed at least open to the idea of pumping the brakes.

The bottom line: Kennedy was concerned that a Christian baker hadn't gotten the "tolerance" he deserved during a legal battle with a same-sex couple he refused to serve. That's by no means a sure sign the baker will win, but it was a signal that Kennedy might be willing to extend some latitude to people who aren't on board with the court's embrace of same-sex marriage.