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Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips denied a same-sex couple cake, citing his Christian beliefs

A Colorado bakery owner illegally discriminated against a gay couple when he refused to make a wedding cake for the pair last year because of his Christian religious beliefs, a judge ruled Friday.

Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer ordered Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, to accommodate same-sex couples or face fines and other possible penalties.

"At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses," Spencer wrote in his 13-page ruling.

"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."

The case involves Charlie Craig and David Mullins, who said Phillips refused to bake a wedding for their wedding celebration when they went to his shop in 2012. The couple was wed in Massachusetts, one of 16 U.S. states that have legalized same-sex marriage, but wanted to have a celebration of their nuptials in Colorado.


Colorado allows civil unions for same-sex couples, but defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Phillips refused to bake the cake, saying his Christian beliefs prevented him from doing so.

Nicolle Martin, an attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop, said the judge's order puts Phillips in an impossible position of going against his Christian faith.

"He can't violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck," she said. "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."

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, which ruled that Phillips had violated a state law barring discrimination at public accommodations based on race, gender or sexual orientation. On Friday, Spencer upheld the commission's findings.

Mullins said in a statement it was "offensive and dehumanizing" when he and Craig were denied service at the bakery. "No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are," he said.

Mullins said he and Craig are "ecstatic" about the decision.

"To a certain extent, though, I don't think that this is necessarily a surprise," he said. "We thought it was pretty clear cut that he had discriminated against us."

Phillips has not decided whether to appeal to a higher court, said his attorney, Nicolle Martin.

"If the government can take away your First Amendment rights, there's nothing they can't take away from you," she said.

A similar case is pending in Washington state, where a florist is accused of refusing service for a same-sex wedding. In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court ruled in August that an Albuquerque business was wrong to decline to photograph a same-sex couple's commitment ceremony
IS NOTHING SACRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????????????
In Soviet America, you are not allowed to have religious beliefs if anybody finds them offensive.
Charlie Craig and David Mullins are pathetic losers that need to get over themselves. If an establishment refuses their services to me, I'll tell them to fuck themselves and take my business elsewhere. Instead, these pathetic losers waste tax payers' time and money with lawsuits. Disgusting.
These stunts play right into the lefts hands by making conservatives look like bigots, and liberals look like victims. As childish as it may be, conservatives need to start playing the game at the same level.

Find some fat hillbilly with a southern accent to cruise into a gay owned bakery on a motorized cart covered in Tea Party stickers, and have him order Jesus themed cakes while being filmed by an undercover partner.

It probably wouldn't be too hard to find a gay baker that would refuse to make those cakes, or talk about how they'll spit in them after the ultra-Republican leaves.

Suing gay people for sexual harassment in the workplace could also be an easy payday because many of them are so brazen. Is the office gay getting a little touchy? 1000's of women win 6 figure lawsuits every year for dealing with it. Those laws can be used against everyone, not just hetero males.
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(02-27-2014 04:32 PM)Gimp Wrote: [ -> ]These stunts play right into the lefts hands by making conservatives look like bigots, and liberals look like victims. As childish as it may be, conservatives need to start playing the game at the same level.

Find some fat hillbilly with a southern accent to cruise into a gay owned bakery on a motorized cart covered in Tea Party stickers, and have him order Jesus themed cakes while being filmed by an undercover partner.

It probably wouldn't be too hard to find a gay baker that would refuse to make those cakes, or talk about how they'll spit in them after the ultra-Republican leaves.

Suing gay people for sexual harassment in the workplace could also be an easy payday because many of them are so brazen. Is the office gay getting a little touchy? 1000's of women win 6 figure lawsuits every year for dealing with it. Those laws can be used against everyone, not just hetero males.

good post. but conservatives generally don't stoop to these type of games.

But I agree, what you saida bout the black man trapped in a white man's body was good. if you can decide what gender you are, you can decide your race too.
(02-27-2014 05:01 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-27-2014 04:32 PM)Gimp Wrote: [ -> ]These stunts play right into the lefts hands by making conservatives look like bigots, and liberals look like victims. As childish as it may be, conservatives need to start playing the game at the same level.

Find some fat hillbilly with a southern accent to cruise into a gay owned bakery on a motorized cart covered in Tea Party stickers, and have him order Jesus themed cakes while being filmed by an undercover partner.

It probably wouldn't be too hard to find a gay baker that would refuse to make those cakes, or talk about how they'll spit in them after the ultra-Republican leaves.

Suing gay people for sexual harassment in the workplace could also be an easy payday because many of them are so brazen. Is the office gay getting a little touchy? 1000's of women win 6 figure lawsuits every year for dealing with it. Those laws can be used against everyone, not just hetero males.

good post. but conservatives generally don't stoop to these type of games.

Which is why everything they cherish is being stripped away by progressives.
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