July 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Baker petitions to Supreme Court for gay wedding cake case
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A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for his case on Friday.

Back in 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins requested a custom wedding cake for their celebration. Jack Phillips, owner of Lakewood-based Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to make the cake because of his religious beliefs but offered to sell the couple other baked goods.

In 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Colorado filed a lawsuit against the bakery on behalf of the couple. An administrative judge said that Phillips’s rights to freedom of religion and free speech weren’t violated because his bakery offered the same services to all customers, regardless of sexual orientation.

Masterpiece Cakeshop filed an appeal last year at the Colorado Supreme Court, but the appeal was denied because state law does not allow businesses to choose to provide services to customers based on sexual orientation.

“No one — not Jack or anyone else — should be forced by the government to further a message that they cannot in good conscience promote. And that’s what this case is about,” Phillips’s attorney Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement.

Phillips elaborated on his views about his case in a column for The Denver Post. 

“I’m rejecting an idea, not a person,” Phillips wrote. “There is no policy at my shop, real or imagined, that says, ‘We don’t sell cakes to homosexuals.’ I’ll sell anyone any cake I’ve got. But I won’t design a cake that promotes something that conflicts with the Bible’s teachings. And that rule applies to far more than cakes celebrating same-sex marriages. I also won’t use my talents to celebrate Halloween, anti-American or anti-family themes, atheism, racism or indecency.”

  • Wait, he will sell them anything BUT a cake? What an idiot!

    Jesus allegedly fed and ministered to criminals and sinners. What has become of his so-called followers??

  • Aren’t these the same lawyers who filed the appeal for the New Mexico anti-gay criminal? A group of anti-gay lawyers from the “Alliance Defending Freedom Of Faith” just can’t accept that laws banning public accommodations discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation are settled law. This “Alliance” is going around US States where laws forbid that type of discrimination, seeking to incite anti-gay bakers, photographers, florists, and other wedding industry suppliers to target same gender couples, attack them and violate these laws, promising to defend the anti-gays in court and the media for free and pay any fines involved BEFORE these crimes are committed. These “Alliance” lawyers are involved in ALL these cases. And then anti-gays dishonestly claim LGBT Americans are targeting THEM!

    Want proof? This “Alliance” admit all that at their website.

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