Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision: 7 Important SCOTUS Rulings on Gay Rights

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who said being forced to create a wedding cake for a gay couple would violate his religious beliefs. LGBT rights activists denounced the decision, calling it "heartbreaking and infuriating."

Monday's ruling marks just one in a long line of LGBT cases the court has heard over the years. Here's a look at some of the past rulings the court has handed down:

One, Inc. v. Olesen, 1958

The FBI and the Postmaster General of Los Angeles refused to deliver copies of ONE: The Homosexual Magazine in 1954, stating they found the material offensive.

The court ruled that the magazine's content did not constitute obscenity. The ruling marked not only the first time the court had ruled on LGBT rights but also ruled in favor of the LGBT community.

Bowers v. Hardwick, 1986

Twenty-eight years after the court took its first LGBT rights case, it heard a case in 1986 after a Georgia police officer witnessed a man having consensual sex with another man inside his home.

The man was arrested and charged with sodomy, which was illegal in Georgia at the time. The case made it to the Supreme Court, which ruled there were no constitutional protections for acts of sodomy in a 5-4 decision against LGBT rights.

Romer v. Evans, 1996

Ten years after Bowers v. Hardwick, the court took another LGBT rights case. Colorado residents had voted in favor of a state constitutional amendment that prevented laws from including sexual orientation as a protected group in anti-discrimination laws in 1992.

The court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the amendment was a violation of equal protection clause, a win for LGBT rights.

Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, 2000

The court's first ruling in the 2000s handed down a loss for the LGBT community after James Dale was removed from his position as "assistant scoutmaster" when the Boy Scouts found out he identified as gay.

Dale filed a suit, which made its way up to the Supreme Court, with the final 5-4 ruling deciding that the removal of Dale was a protected right of the Boy Scouts.

Lawrence v. Texas, 2003

Houston police arrested John Lawrence and Tyron Garner for having sex in Lawrence's apartment after responding to the address for a reported weapons disturbance. Lawrence and Garner were convicted of deviate sexual intercourse, a violation of a Texas statute at the time.

The case made it to the Supreme Court, which ruled 6-3 in favor in the men's favor and declared sodomy bans nationwide unconstitutional.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent that the ruling represented the "end of all moral legislation."

Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in all 50 states in a landmark 5-4 decision in 2015. "It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage," Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.

The court had ruled in favor of allowing same-sex couples to get married in California in 2013 in Hollingsworth v. Perry.