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Colorado Baker to Stop Selling Wedding Cakes Rather than Comply with Order to Serve Gay Weddings


Jack Phillips has decided that his Masterpiece Cakeshop will stop selling wedding cakes instead of complying with a legal order to provide them for same-sex-wedding services. Phillips’s decision comes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled last week that he violated state anti-discrimination law by refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding ceremony in 2012.

“We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs,” he said after the commission’s ruling, according to KCNC. As part of the decision, Phillips is required to submit quarterly reports regarding his reasons for refusing to serve customers. 

In 2012, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins sued the Lakewood, Colo., baker after he turned down their request for a cake for an upcoming ceremony in the state to celebrate the wedding they’d recently held in Massachusetts. A judged ruled that Phillips could not deny service to Craig and Mullins, and the decision was upheld by the commission. Craig and Mullions said they were “just thrilled” with the ruling.

Phillips may appeal the decision, his attorney said.


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