CO Commission rules cake baker must serve gay couples

A cake shop owner who was sued by a gay couple for refusing to make a cake for their reception has been ordered to make cakes for gay couples, and "to report quarterly for two years on staff anti-discrimination training and any customers he refuses to serve," according to the AP:

Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state's anti-discrimination statutes.

The unanimous ruling from the seven-member commission upheld an administrative law judge's finding in December that Jack Phillips violated civil rights law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. The couple sued.

"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.

Phillips, a devout Christian who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said the decision violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of his religion. "I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down," he told reporters after the ruling.

He added his bakery has been so overwhelmed by supporters eager to buy cookies and brownies that he does not currently make wedding cakes.

The couple who sued Phillips, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, were pleased that the commission roundly rejected Phillips' arguments. "We're just thrilled by that," Mullins said.

Gay marriage remains illegal in Colorado. Mullins and Craig were married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake for a reception to celebrate their union back home in Colorado.

State law prohibits businesses from refusing to serve customers based on their sexual orientation.

Did you get that? Gay marriage is illegal in Colorado but Mr. Phllips is being punished because he refuses to service the extension of an illegal ceremony.

Incredibly, it's not that Phillips won't serve gay people. He probably does so everyday. It's gay marriage that is the issue - again, illegal in Colorado.

That commission is a a kangaroo court, set up to convict anyone who appears before it for any reason. I think Mr. Phillips is correct to dare the commission to shut him down. It's absolutely loony that this has gone as far as it has.

A cake shop owner who was sued by a gay couple for refusing to make a cake for their reception has been ordered to make cakes for gay couples, and "to report quarterly for two years on staff anti-discrimination training and any customers he refuses to serve," according to the AP:

Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state's anti-discrimination statutes.

The unanimous ruling from the seven-member commission upheld an administrative law judge's finding in December that Jack Phillips violated civil rights law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. The couple sued.

"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.

Phillips, a devout Christian who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said the decision violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of his religion. "I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down," he told reporters after the ruling.

He added his bakery has been so overwhelmed by supporters eager to buy cookies and brownies that he does not currently make wedding cakes.

The couple who sued Phillips, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, were pleased that the commission roundly rejected Phillips' arguments. "We're just thrilled by that," Mullins said.

Gay marriage remains illegal in Colorado. Mullins and Craig were married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake for a reception to celebrate their union back home in Colorado.

State law prohibits businesses from refusing to serve customers based on their sexual orientation.

Did you get that? Gay marriage is illegal in Colorado but Mr. Phllips is being punished because he refuses to service the extension of an illegal ceremony.

Incredibly, it's not that Phillips won't serve gay people. He probably does so everyday. It's gay marriage that is the issue - again, illegal in Colorado.

That commission is a a kangaroo court, set up to convict anyone who appears before it for any reason. I think Mr. Phillips is correct to dare the commission to shut him down. It's absolutely loony that this has gone as far as it has.

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