John M. Becker

CO Bakery: No Wedding Cakes for Anyone If We Have to Serve Gays

Filed By John M. Becker | June 03, 2014 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: cake wars, Colorado, gay marriage, marriage equality, religious exemption, religious freedom, religious liberty, same-sex marriage, special rights, weddings

ruined_cake.jpgThe owner of a bakery in Lakewood, Colorado (who also happens to be an anti-LGBT Christian, of course) says he will stop baking wedding cakes altogether after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he could not refuse to bake one for a gay couple.

Denver's CBS4 reports:

Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop. In 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig went to the shop to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. They planned to marry in Massachusetts and have a reception in Colorado.

Phillips said he doesn't believe in gay marriage and he refused to sell them a cake. "We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs," Phillips said after the hearing. Phillips also admitted he had refused service to other same-sex couples.

A judge previously ruled a business owner cannot refuse service to a customer on the basis of sexual orientation. Phillips appealed to the commission, but it upheld the decision.

That prompted Phillips to decide he would no longer make any wedding cakes. He said he would be fine selling cupcakes for a birthday party for someone who is gay but added, "I don't want to participate in a same-sex wedding."

The commission also ordered the baker to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone.

See what happened there? This baker essentially said that if he isn't allowed a special "right" to discriminate in the public square, he's going to take his toys and go home. He'd rather voluntarily step out of the wedding business altogether than play by the same rules as everyone else.

It's the same thing Catholic Charities did in Massachusetts several years ago, when it chose to end adoption services altogether rather than continue placing children with all qualified parents, including gay and lesbian parents. We all know what happened next: opponents of equality claimed, contrary to the facts, that Catholic Charities was "forced" to stop adoptions because they refused to serve same-sex couples... and they repeated that lie ad nauseam across the country.

I suspect it won't be long before the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop receives the same treatment.

A video report from CBS4 is embedded after the jump.


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