Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips appeals order to provide same-sex wedding cakes

A Lakewood baker is appealing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's order that he prepare wedding cakes for gay couples.

Jack Phillips has asked the Court of Appeals to reverse the May ruling by the Civil Rights Commission.

David Mullins and Charlie Craig went to Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop at 3355 S. Wadsworth Boulevard, with Craig’s mother, 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.

The couple sued.

The Commission said Phillips' refusal violated the state's public accommodation law that requires businesses to serve customers regardless of their sexual orientation. Phillips' attorneys argue that decision violates Phillips' First Amendment rights.

“When a recently enacted state statute collides with the First Amendment, the First Amendment should win every time,” said Nicolle Martin. “A human rights tribunal has no authority to trump the United States Constitution.”

Phillips claims he didn’t turn the gay couple away.

“I clearly told them that I would make them birthday cakes, shower cakes, cookies and brownies,” he said. “I just don’t do cakes for same sex weddings.”

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