Religious Baker Must Make Cakes for Gay Couples, Court Says

Religious Baker Must Make Cakes for Gay Couples, Court Says

Colorado rules that businesses, despite religious beliefs, cannot refuse to serve gay couples.

Delicious wedding cakes for everyone! Colorado baker Jack Phillips caused quite a stir when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, citing his personal, religious beliefs as a devout Christian. Colorado couple  Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig sued Phillips’ business in 2012, citing discrimination. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission has ruled that his religious views do not trump state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

"I can believe anything I want, but if I'm going to do business here, I'd ought to not discriminate against people," Commissioner Raju Jaram said during the unanimous ruling.

Phillips’ response to the ruling was “I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down,” and he has said that he intends to appeal the ruling.

"No one should ever have to walk into a store and wonder if they will be turned away just because of who they are,” David Mullins said of the humiliation he and his fiancé felt when the cake business refused to serve them.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Colorado, and the couple who sued Phillips originally were set to be married in Massachusetts.  

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