A Colorado court has ruled against a Christian bakery who refused to decorate a gay wedding cake.
In a ruling released Thursday, the Colo. Court of Appeals said the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Jack Phillips, violated the state’s ‘public accommodations’ law by refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple in 2012.
“Phillips believes that decorating cakes is a form of art, that he can honor God through his artistic talents, and that he would displease God by creating cakes for same-sex marriages,” the justices wrote in their ruling against him.
They also claimed that forcing Philips to decorate a gay wedding cake wouldn’t place an undue burden on him.
“The act of designing and selling a wedding cake to all customers free of discrimination does not convey a celebratory message about same-sex weddings,” the justices wrote.
In response, Phillips’ defense counsel, the Alliance Defending Freedom, said it would look into further legal options.
“Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live and work consistent with their faith,” ADF’s Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said. “Government has a duty to protect people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally rather than force them to adopt the government’s views.”
Ironically, when a local Colo. resident, Bill Jack, asked several bakeries to decorate a cake with Bible verses critical of homosexuality, they all rejected his “anti-gay” request.
“There’s no law that says that a cake-maker has to write obscenities in the cake just because the customer wants it,” Mark Silverstein, the legal director for Colorado’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Associated Press.
But can’t the same be said about forcing a Christian baker to decorate a gay cake he finds obscene?
And couldn’t it be argued that refusing to decorate a cake with Bible quotes is also violating Colorado’s ‘public accommodations’ law?