Colorado baker Jack Phillips says he's ready to make wedding cakes again

Posted June 05, 2018

He declined to comment on the case to reporters waiting outside.

Liberal states may be more inclined to protect the rights of same-sex couples, while conservative states may be inclined to limit those rights in the name of protecting religious freedom.

"The gay community, they're fine people I'm sure, but this crossed the fine line into someone else's freedom".

To celebrate, he bought a cherry cake from Masterpiece.

The justices, in a 7-2 decision, faulted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's handling of the claims brought against Jack Phillips, saying it had showed a hostility to religion.

Not all of Phillip's supporters were equally enthusiastic about the ruling, including Pastor Gino Geraci of Calvary South Denver, an evangelical church in Littleton. NBC, Reuters, Politico and NPR all called the court's decision "narrow".

If the issue is how we can be "tolerant and respectful" of religious beliefs with which we disagree, I would point out that the words we use are the least important issue.

Phillips added that he also doesn't create cakes for Halloween and cakes with an anti-American sentiment.

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Writing for the court majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said some commissioners "disparaged Phillips' faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust". "It can't bully people", Waggoner said.

"In Hialeah, you could kill animals for all sorts of secular reasons; in this case, bakers who didn't want to make cakes opposing same-sex marriage were exempt, but bakers who refused to make cakes in support were not".

At first, Craig said they were crushed.

Of the 50 states, 21 including Colorado have anti-discrimination laws protecting gay people.

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What followed, Mullins said, "was this terrible pregnant pause while what was happening sunk in, and we were mortified".

The couple's lawyers are also taking the ruling day-by-day. Today, they're applauding the outcome.

That law bars businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. "If the only reason a public-accommodations law regulates speech is "to produce a society free of...biases" against the protected groups, that objective is "decidedly fatal" to the law's constitutionality, 'for it amounts to nothing less than a proposal to limit speech in the service of orthodox expression'".

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"Today's decision means our fight against discrimination and unfair treatment will continue", Mullins and Charlie Craig said in a statement.

Several other legal disputes are pending over wedding services, similar to the Phillips case.

"The baker won the battle but lost the war", Esseks said. "The Civil Rights Commission's treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the honest religious beliefs that motivated his objection".

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette joined a few dozen people to encourage them to keep fighting. "This doesn't change civil rights laws".

"I don't think this is a lost cause in any way".

"When a couple contacts a bakery for a wedding cake, the product they are seeking is a cake celebrating their wedding-not a cake celebrating heterosexual weddings or same-sex weddings-and that is the service Craig and Mullins were denied", Ginsburg wrote.

"I'm not sure I see it that way yet", he told CBN News. Opponents of LGBT rights have filed dozens of those lawsuits, and they show no sign of stopping. We must live our lives with pride.

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