LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A business owner who was ordered to create a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding ceremony wants the Colorado Supreme Court to review his case.
Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood.
In 2015, the appeals court reaffirmed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission order that Phillips cannot refuse to prepare wedding cakes for gay couples.
David Mullins and Charlie Craig went to Phillips’ bakery at 3355 S. Wadsworth Boulevard, in 2012, to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception.
Phillips informed them that, because of his religious beliefs, he didn’t sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples. Phillips said he is deeply religious.
Mullins and Craig filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Commission.
The Commission said Phillips' refusal to sell the couple a wedding cake violated the state's public accommodation law that requires businesses to serve customers regardless of their sexual orientation.
“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.”
Lawyers with Alliance Defending Freedom asked the state’s highest court Friday to take his case and rule that the government cannot force him to communicate a message with which he fundamentally disagrees.
“The freedom to live and work consistently with one’s faith is at the heart of what it means to be an American,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.