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.”