Colorado Baker Ordered to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Couples

By:  Dave Bohon
12/09/2013
       
Colorado Baker Ordered to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Couples

A baker in Colorado has been ordered by a judge to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples against his Christian convictions — or face a stiff penalty.

A Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for two men who wanted cake for their “wedding” has been found guilty of discrimination and ordered to serve future same-sex couples or face stiff fines. Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled December 6 that Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, discriminated against Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig when he told them in July 2012 that he couldn't bake a cake to celebrate their supposed marriage because homosexual behavior conflicted with his Christian beliefs. Mullins and Craig had gone through a same-sex ceremony earlier in Massachusetts but had wanted a cake to celebrate in Colorado.

“Respondents have no free speech right to refuse because they were only asked to bake a cake, not make a speech,” wrote Spencer in his ruling against Phillips. “It is not the same as forcing a person to pledge allegiance to the government or to display a motto with which they disagree.” He added that “at first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses. This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”

Spencer ordered Phillips to “cease and desist,” under threat of fine, from allowing his Christian beliefs prevent him from serving homosexual pairs who ask him to bake them a “wedding” cake.

Mullins played up the role of aggrieved victim, weeping that “being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing, especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration.

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