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Colorado judge: 'Baker must serve gay couple' despite Christian faith

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Friday, in Colorado, a judge ruled that a baker discriminated against a gay couple last year who wished to purchase a wedding cake. The cake shop owner said he refused to serve the same-sex couple due to his religious beliefs and the government is now infringing on his First Amendment rights to Freedom of Expression, according to a Dec. 6 Denver Post news report.

On the Colorado judge-baker backstory, it goes that David Mullins, 29 and Charlie Craig, 33, exchange vows in Massachusetts and planned on returning to Colorado for a celebration with family and friends at the wedding reception.

In July of 2012, they settled on Masterpiece Cakeshop to place a wedding cake order. However, the couple was shocked when bakery owner Jack Phillips refused to serve them and cited the store's policy against same-sex couples.

But here's where things get really strange: Taken aback by the bakery's anti-gay policy, they went home and masqueraded as a customer looking for a cake for a dog. Lo and behold, the bakery said it would be happy to help.

Imagine that?

A complaint of sexual orientation discrimination was filed by The American Civil Liberties Union and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Colorado Judge Robert N. Spencer told the baker to "cease and desist" from discriminating against LGBT couples and ordered his shop to serve gays and lesbians.

While no fines were levied against Masterpiece, future penalties are in order should Phillips continue down that path, according to sources.

Mullins released this statement after the Colorado judge's ruling to the baker:

Being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration. No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are. We are grateful to have the support of our community and our state, and we hope that today's decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado."

The cake-maker's attorney agreed and said that the Colorado judge's ruling to the baker places him in a quagmire over his religious beliefs.

He can't violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck. If Jack can't make wedding cakes, he can't continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice. It is antithetical to everything America stands for," said Nicolle Martin.

The local case attracted a lot of attention from around the world, but the cake-shop owner says he plans to appeal.

Was the Colorado judge's baker ruling proper or out of line?


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