Denver’s ABC affiliate, 7News in Colorado, reported that Jack Phillips, Christian owner of Masterpiece Cake shop in Lakewood, Colorado — who was ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding celebration — wants the Colorado Supreme Court to hear his case.
The two men, David Mullins and Charlie Craig were married in MA and wanted to mark the occasion in Colorado. They went to Phillips’ bakery to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Phillips declined to make a cake because of his religious beliefs.
The two then filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
The Commission found Philips in violation of discrimination laws and saying he can’t refuse to bake a cake for a same sex wedding based on Christian beliefs.
“I think, obviously, (the Court’s decision) is wrong,” Phillips said. “The U.S. Constitution clearly protects my rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”
“What the court held is a novel exception to the First Amendment that we haven’t heard before,” said Phillips’ attorney, Nicolle Martin. “You can believe whatever you want. You’re just not entitled to act on those beliefs.”
Phillip’s attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom requested the Colorado Supreme Court to hear the case.
ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said:
The freedom to live and work consistently with one’s faith is at the heart of what it means to be an American.
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