U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case of Colorado Baker Ordered to Make Cakes for Same-Sex Celebrations

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and decide whether or not the government may order people of faith to use their talents for a same-sex celebration despite their belief that it would be a form of participation and thus a sin against God.

According to USA Today, “The justices … apparently decided that despite state laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, the merchants’ obligation to same-sex couples was not necessarily baked in the cake.”

The case will be heard this fall.

As previously reported, Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado in July 2012 to look for options for their upcoming same-sex ceremony celebration. As Colorado—at the time—had a constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman, the men planned to travel to Massachusetts and then return to Colorado for a separate celebration.

However, after their arrival at the cake shop, Mullin and Craig were advised by owner Jack Phillips that he does not make cakes for same-sex ceremonies.

“My first comment was, ‘We’re getting married,’ and he just shut that down immediately,” Craig stated.

Phillips told Christian News Network that he does not make cakes for such events because of his Christian convictions.

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“I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, and I believe that the relationship is not something that He looks favorably on,” the master pastry chef stated. “If Jesus was a carpenter, He wouldn’t make a bed for this union.”

Phillips, who attends a Baptist church, explained that when he informed Mullin and Craig that his bakery does not make cakes for same-sex “weddings,” the men immediately left. He stated that one of them made a comment on his way out the door that the bakery was a “homophobic cake shop.”

Phillips said that he told the men that he would be happy to make them any other type of baked goods outside of having to facilitate the ceremony, which he believed was a form of personal participation. But Mullin and Craig complained to the Colorado Human Rights Commission with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and have prevailed in their case ever since.

In December 2013, Judge Robert Spencer sided with the ACLU, contending that Phillips should have made the cake because he was not told that there would be any words or symbols written on it.

“Phillips was not asked to apply any message or symbol to the cake, or to construct the cake in any fashion that could be reasonably understood as advocating same-sex marriage,” he wrote. “The act of preparing a cake is simply not ‘speech’ warranting First Amendment protection.”

In May 2014, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission upheld Spencer’s ruling, stating that Phillips violated the state’s civil rights law. The Commission then ordered that Phillips educate his staff in alignment with the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, to implement new policies in light of the ruling, and to file quarterly compliance reports for two years. The reports were to outline each pastry creation request that was declined and the reason why to prove that Phillips’ religious beliefs no longer influence his business decisions.

Phillips filed an appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court’s rulings in August 2015, asserting that providing the cake for the ceremony does not equal an endorsement of same-sex nuptials.

“Nothing in the record supports the conclusion that a reasonable observer would interpret Masterpiece’s providing a wedding cake for a same-sex couple as an endorsement of same-sex marriage rather than a reflection of its desire to conduct business in accordance with Colorado’s public accommodations law,” the court ruled.

The matter was appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case last year. Therefore, Phillips took his case to the nation’s highest court, which agreed on Monday to be the arbiter in the issue.

“It is undisputed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission … does not apply CADA [Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act] to ban (1) an African-American cake artist from refusing to create a cake promoting white-supremacism for the Aryan Nation, (2) an Islamic cake artist from refusing to create a cake denigrating the Quran for the Westboro Baptist Church, and (3) three secular cake artists from refusing to create cakes opposing same-sex marriage for a Christian patron,” the petition to the Supreme Court stated.

“Neither should CADA ban Jack Phillips’ polite declining to create a cake celebrating same-sex marriage on religious grounds when he is happy to create other items for gay and lesbian clients,” it declared.

“Jack’s ability to make a living and run his family business shouldn’t be threatened simply because he exercised his artistic freedom. Artists speak through their art, and when Jack creates custom wedding cakes, he is promoting and celebrating the couple’s wedding,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco also said in a statement.

“Jack will gladly allow anyone to purchase any product he sells, but he simply can’t put his artistic talents to use on a custom cake for an event so at odds with his faith convictions,” he continued. “The ACLU, which is opposing Jack and other artists in Washington and Arizona, would rather use the strong-arm of government to eradicate from the public square people whose views differ from the government’s. We hope the Supreme Court will affirm how illegitimate that is.”


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

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  • Ambulance Chaser

    “The Colorado Civil Rights Commission … does not apply CADA [Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act] to ban (1) an African-American cake artist from refusing to create a cake promoting white-supremacism for the Aryan Nation, (2) an Islamic cake artist from refusing to create a cake denigrating the Quran for the Westboro Baptist Church, and (3) three secular cake artists from refusing to create cakes opposing same-sex marriage for a Christian patron,” the petition to the Supreme Court stated.”

    Right, because “white supremacist,” “Islamophobe” and “homophobe” are not protected classes.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      the entire concept of “protected classes” …… is against a free society …….. and freedom of association ….. and the 1st amendment ………….

      • Ambulance Chaser

        The Supreme Court says otherwise.

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          and they are wrong ………… what else is new ……….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Who says? You? Does your opinion on the law override that of the Supreme Court?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            ummmm …. yeah … it does ……… my opinion is just as valid as theirs ….. because it is just an OPINION ………..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Then why don’t any of my legal textbooks mention your name? Why do I not see any opinions authored by you on Westlaw or in the local law library?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            an OPINION does not require those things …………. easy ………. and all those things ….. DOES NOT make them RIGHT ……….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            So what about opinions that DO have “those things?”

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            they are just opinions ……….. and as i have said previously ……. the SCOTUS lost its authority on 26 Jun 2015 ………… they have no moral authority ……

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Nope, the Supreme Court is still there, hearing cases and issuing rulings. Just like always.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            and they have no moral authority ………. so what ……..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Who says they don’t have moral authority? You?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            forgetting where you are again, i see ………….

          • Tangent002

            They have legal authority.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            not the same thing ……. and legal does not equal moral ……….

          • Tangent002

            Laws do not enforce morality, they protect rights.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            sure they do ……… laws against murder enforce morality ……. laws against prostitution enforce morality ………. laws against theft enforce morality ….. and they always have …. do they have a dual purpose …. sure …… and all laws, good laws, enforce the 1st commandment …..

          • Sedagive

            Laws against murder isn’t about morality. It protects rights. The right to live. Murder violates a person’s right to life.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope … it is all about morality ….. protecting rights is about morality …….. duh ……..

          • Sedagive

            Not at all. Nice try.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you have failed so far ……….. ;-(

          • Sedagive

            You’ve done a staggeringly lax job of supporting your position on the matter.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            see …. presupposition … is not defended ….. and you have failed to disprove anything ….. if it is a lie ….. should be easy ………… you reject truth and scripture …. no problem ….. we have nothing to discuss ………….

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “Murder violates a person’s right to life.”

            so you oppose abortion ….. good to know ………..

          • zampogna

            Abortion is not murder.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            so you deny the science and the biology of DNA …… it is a full person ….. once the DNA comes together it is a human being ….. nothing will be added to it …… it is murder to take innocent life ……..

          • zampogna

            I simply follow the dictionary definitions of things and the law. It works fine for me. And no one who has an abortion gets charged with murder. Because it’s not.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            okay … i see …. you worship the “dictionary” ….. the “dictionary” is your God ….. got it …. you worship pseudo-intellectualism ……….

          • zampogna

            Accepting the definitions provided by the dictionary is not “worshiping” anything. It’s just using a proper tool correctly for the proper task.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            yes it is ….. when that is all you can reference ………..

          • zampogna

            How is it worship? Who’s being worshiped?

          • Sedagive

            Where did i say that?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you oppose murder …. abortion is murder of a child ……….

          • Sedagive

            Is it? Can it be murder if it hasn’t come alive through birth yet?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            so you are trying to claim it is dead in the womb but then during a path through the birth canal something happens that was not there seconds before ……. where is that peer-reviewed study to prove that ………… and all that cell dividing from the prior months …..
            that was all …. what …. osmosis ……….

            A peer-reviewed journal said it, I have no reason to doubt it, that settles it ….. Unless new evidence becomes available.

          • Sedagive

            It isnt murder legally or medically. So sorry.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            no one said anything about that …. and MORALLY it is ………….

          • Sedagive

            It isn’t a universal moral that everyone shares.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            so murder is not a “universal moral” …… FYI ….. EVERYONE knows murder is wrong ….. and the only ones who argue otherwise ….. are LIARS …………..

          • Sedagive

            No single moral is universal, honestly.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            ok …. so liar it is ……….. again ….. no surprises here …… you have revealed yourself …………

          • Sedagive

            You disagree? Okay, what moral do you think everyone shares?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            abortion is racism and grew out of the civil war ……… so you are a racist if you support abortion …….. and it is murder ….. and murder is wrong ….. so which one do you support ….. racism or murder …….. both i imagine ……….

            SHOCK: More black babies aborted than born in New York City
            JULY 21, 2015
            BY KYLE OLSON

          • Sedagive

            Abortion is racism? What?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            google MAAFA 21…… black genocide ……….. welcome to your new club ………… little hard to keep all those white sheets clean though …………

          • Sedagive

            How does this support your claim that abortion is racism?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            MAAFA 21 ……….black genocide ….. and eugenics ….. they used eugenics during WW2 in Germany ….. it is racism when it used to exterminate blacks ………. and it is ……

          • Sedagive

            How does this support your claim that abortion is racism? You didn’t answer.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            MAAFA 21 ….. on the utube machine ….. if you do not want to invest time in your own education …. i am not going to either ………..

          • Sedagive

            You’re the one who made the claim. You back it up.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            if you do not want to invest time in your own education …. then why should i ………

          • Sedagive

            I am eager to learn. You’re the one claiming knowledge of this. Why should I look it up when you have the facts?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            then you can take the time to educate yourself …….. the place has been given to you … utube ….. MAAFA 21 …. or you can continue in your racist ways …. not my problem ……..

          • Sedagive

            Again, how am I racist?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you support abortion …. its origins are in racism ….. it disproportionately kills black children …. was founded by Margaret Sanger who said ……….

            “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
            – Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976

            “Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”
            – Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922, page 12

            “Every single case of inherited defect, every malformed child, every congenitally tainted human being brought into this world is of infinite importance to that poor individual; but it is of scarcely less importance to the rest of us and to all of our children who must pay in one way or another for these biological and racial mistakes.”
            Source: Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, (1922), p. 274.

            outright RACISM ………… and you support it ……….

          • Sedagive

            “its origins are in racism” – And yet they aren’t. Abortion is a biblically-supported practice.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope ….. heard it before …. read the reference …. it was not an abortion …. and there is no recorded use of it in scripture ……… so nice try … but fail ……………

          • Sedagive

            There’s no scriptural condemnation of abortion.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            there are 391 references in scripture to the shedding of innocent blood ………..

            Deu 19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

            Deu 19:13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.

            Deu 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel’s charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.

            Deu 21:9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.

            1Sm 19:5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

            1Ki 2:31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.

            2Ki 21:16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

            2Ki 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.

            Psa 94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

            Psa 106:38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.

            do you want all of them ………..

          • Sedagive

            And yet the Bible also says that life begins at breath.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            certainly Adams life began when God breathed life into him ….. but breath also refers to respiration …… and respiration must take place in the womb ….. it is vital to all life …… respiration is a cellular activity ….. not just inspiration and exhalation …… i can hook up a machine to a dead body and have that machine inflate and deflate the lungs all day …… does not make them alive …….

          • Sedagive

            Breathing doesn’t happen in the womb. The lungs don’t function. They move, but they don’t work. No breath, no life.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            respiration does ………… if there is no life … then it does not grow …. FAIL ……. what do you think a baby bump is …… undigested meat …… a gas bubble ….

          • Sedagive

            Of you want to get like that, then a man’s sperm and woman’s egg are alive. Should they get the same rights as humans?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            well they have the same legal rights in Gods Kingdom …… but your cells have no lungs ….. there is no breath inside your brain ….. so are the cells there dead … or alive ………

          • Sedagive

            I see you forgot to make sense this time.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you said a thing is not alive if it does not “breath” ……. so how do plants “breath” …… how do the cells of your body “breath” … there is no “breath” to those things …… so how can you ascribe a property that is is not alive without it ….. your understanding is in error …… breath is respiration, the exchange of gases ….. i know this, God knows this ….. you are in error ……..

          • Sedagive

            Plants breathe, mate.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            sure … and so does the child in the womb ……….

          • Sedagive

            No, it doesn’t. Everything needed for the fetus’ survival is pumped through the umbilical cord. No breathing, no eating, no drinking, not even urinating or defecating. All through the cord.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            cells need respiration to grow … you are saying it grows ….. there is no blood exchange between mother and child ….. the placenta exchanges gases across a membrane just as the lungs in the body does ……… that is respiration ……. and all waste … and their is waste ……. crosses that membrane ….. so all your statements are false according to the anatomy and physiology of growth in the womb …. there is eating, just in a different manner … there is respiration, just in a different manner …. there is elimination, just in a different …….. and who are you to decide that manner is not worthy of life …………

          • Sedagive

            For the record, ellipses are three dots, not four, not anything else. Three. They’re to be used sparingly, in the case of an exaggerated pause in talking.
            You seem to think they belong in your every single pause. That’s not the case. Learn to type a bit better, and maybe we will take you seriously.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            again … objection as to form noted ….. i do not care ………

          • Sedagive

            Until you correct your form, your argument is seen as nonsensical.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            see ya ……….. dont let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya …………

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            curious .. you are offended when you are told you are a racist …. but you are just fine with being a supporter of murdering children …….

          • Sedagive

            Not offended. It isn’t true. If I’m racist, as you claim, where is your evidence, and against what race?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            it is absolutely true you are a racist if you support the racist policy of abortion ………..

          • Sedagive

            I’m afraid that what you’re utilizing here isn’t logic. Try again.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i am afraid that if you support racist policy … that makes you by default a RACIST ………..

          • Sedagive

            What racist policy am I supporting?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            abortion ……… it is RACIST ……….

          • Sedagive

            How is it racist? Against whom is it racist?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            against all the black children it was originally aimed at eliminating and does so to this day ….. and you seem more bothered by your RACISM than being a supporter of the murder of children …………. why is that ………..

          • Sedagive

            And yet it isn’t.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            and yet it is nothing but ………. and you are the RACIST in support of a RACIST policy …………..

          • Sedagive

            What race am I racist against, and how is abortion, which is used by every ethnicity, a racist policy?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”

            – Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976

            the founder of “Planned Parenthood” ……….. pure unadulterated RACISM ……….

          • Sedagive

            Do you feel like using something this century?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            sorry …. what exactly do you think has changed ….. what does time have to do with the truth …. it does not change because you do not like when the quote was made …. and you are the RACIST in support of a RACIST policy …………..

          • Sedagive

            Lots of things have changed.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nothing has changed about abortion …………

          • Sedagive

            Lots of things have.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            In Her Own Words

            “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
            Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race
            (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)
            Copyright © 2001 Diane S. Dew
            dianedew com

            Margaret Sanger (1883-1966)
            On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
            “…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”
            Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people

            the founder of “Planned Parenthood” ……….. pure unadulterated RACISM ……….

          • Sedagive

            How is abortion racist if all races can, and do, access it?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you are the RACIST in support of a RACIST policy ………….. it is targeted at eliminating Blacks in the womb ….. if some others get taken out along the way ….. it is of no consequence ……… and you are the RACIST in support of a RACIST policy …………..

          • Sedagive

            How am I racist? You haven’t yet shown this.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you are the RACIST in support of a RACIST policy …………..

          • Sedagive

            How am i racist?

          • Sedagive

            Also, can you try to keep to subjects relevant to the OP?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            you are the RACIST in support of a RACIST policy …………..

          • Sedagive

            Which policy?

          • Bob Johnson

            He is employing a non sequitur, as this is an article about Irish, Scotts, and Welsh, different clans, but mostly the same “race”. Although race is no longer consider a biological classification for homo sapiens.

            He is hung-up on the fact that some groups have used abortion as a tool for the poorly named concept of Social Darwinism

          • Bob Johnson

            “so murder is not a “universal moral”

            Of course it is not universal. If it was we would not have armies and navies. No crusades. No wars.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            even if that were true … and it is not ……… what makes it universal is that it is accepted by everyone …. not that they pay attention to what they know …. they lie to themselves to justify themselves and their actions ……….

  • Michael C

    I’m partly relieved that the Supreme Court has finally decided to hear one of these cases. The outcome of the decision will either reinforce the application of civil rights laws as they’ve been practiced for over fifty years or it will completely upend all non-discrimination laws in the country, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Either way, a ruling will have been made and the issue will be clear moving forward.

    • Malleus

      a-h

  • Neil Bragg

    Targeting Christian businesses is a hate crime.

    • SFBruce

      What evidence do you have that Christian businesses are being “targeted?” Jack Phillips broke a law passed by the legislation, and should pay the consequences. Even if he is, indeed, being targeted, why does that get him off the hook? And no, the expectation that businesses operate within the law is not a hate crime.

  • Becky

    “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10

  • Kookaburra

    He has stated he does not make Halloween cakes or cakes for bachelor parties, so clearly this is not some anti-gay thing. He has a lot more integrity than those two pipsqueaks wanting a cake for their “wedding.” People who try to ruin someone’s business are trash. Decent people don’t behave that way. You can hate people all you want to, but you have no right to try to ruin their way of making a living. That isn’t right.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      “He has stated he does not make Halloween cakes or cakes for bachelor parties, so clearly this is not some anti-gay thing.”

      Right, except that “people celebrating Halloween” and “people having bachelor parties” are not protected classes.

      • SFBruce

        And there’s a good reason they aren’t protected classes: there’s simply no evidence that “people celebrating Halloween” and “people having bachelor parties” have been the target of systemic discrimination.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Yep, no question.

      • Edward Borges-Silva

        That is not germane, on what basis are gays entitled to be a “protected class”? They are no more or less entitled to the same rights as other citizens. And the baker’s actions are no more discriminatory to gays than they are to other citizens whose acts and practices violate his conscience. Nor, as he has pointed out are other vendors being held accountable for their business refusals.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          on what basis are gays entitled to be a “protected class”?

          On the basis that they’re historically the victims of discrimination. However, whether they “should be” or not is immaterial because according to Colorado State Code 24-34-301, they are. If you have a problem with that you can feel free to take it up with the Colorado State Legislature.

          • Spuddie

            Plus the Supreme Court already considered them a protected class in Romer v. Evans (1996). So much so that laws which demonstrated a clear animus towards them didn’t even make the cut for “rational basis” level scrutiny.

    • sagat

      Agreed why should the minority always hold an entire country to ransom?

      • TheKingOfRhye

        They’re not. There are plenty of straight people who are supportive of LGBT rights.

      • Spuddie

        Treating customers in open commerce like human beings with the barest sense of civility is being “held ransom”. Wow! You are a terrible person.

    • ZappaSaid88

      “He has stated he does not make Halloween cakes or cakes for bachelor parties, so clearly this is not some anti-gay thing.” – He doesn’t make those cakes for anyone, gay or straight so your example is irrelevant. These examples would only be relevant if he only baked bachelor party cakes for a straight bachelors.

  • sagat

    I wish them well and pray they have sucess

  • Grace Kwon

    Gay wedding is like a Satanic ritual to Christians, and Christians should never be forced to do anythng for sinful activities such as homosexuality.

  • Blake Paine

    The first amendment protects the customer and their right to have their own beliefs about marriage.

    This is about a business that wants to be able to invite the public to come to their store and then selectively reject individual responding customers because of their beliefs and what they let them do with their purchase; i.e. they want a right to religious discrimination of customers.

    Civil rights laws protect customers responding to a public offer from such invidious discrimination.

    No business owner has a right to say they will only let customers who share their opinions about marriage buy their advertised wedding products, the customer’s own religious liberties shields them from any religious orthodoxy requirement the business might toss their way.

    If the owner feels he can’t sell something to the public of all creeds as required by law the solution is obvious, so obvious that Masterpiece Cakeshop has been doing it for 5 years:

    Don’t offer that something to the public at all.

  • Lydia Church

    Good for him. We must refuse to comply with sin.
    The choice is between God and His Word, or sin and man’s way.
    We must choose God, and you can’t have it both ways.
    Romans 1; 26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6; 9-11 and Deuteronomy 18 & 20

    AND, scientists have discovered that gayness is a choice and is not biological in nature.
    There are two genders, male and female. There is one marriage, between a man and a woman; heterosexual only.

    End of argument. Case closed.