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Baker says he’d rather go to jail after judge orders him to bake cakes for gay ‘weddings’
Life Site News ^ | December 11, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN

Posted on 12/11/2013 3:10:11 PM PST by NYer

DENVER, December 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Denver cake baker who was ordered by a judge last week to service same-sex “weddings” or face punishing fines has told Fox News that he would rather shut down his business and serve jail time than violate his beliefs and play a role in facilitating gay nuptials.

In an interview with Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck, cake maker Jack Phillips said, “You know, [I’ll serve jail time if] that’s what it takes.  It’s not like I have chosen this team or that team. This is who I am, it’s what I believe.”

“Does becoming a business owner mean you have to check your convictions at the door?” Hasselbeck asked. “Why is it important for you to have a business and not have to abandon personal religious beliefs just to make a buck?”

“I don't plan on giving up my religious beliefs ... I don't feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I'm participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for,” Phillips said. “My priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security.”

Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, has been under fire since July 2012, when David Mullins and Charlie Craig filed a discrimination complaint after Phillips refused to sell them a wedding cake. 

While Colorado’s constitution states, “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in this state,” Mullins and Craig had nonetheless planned to “marry” in Massachusetts, where a court order made same-sex “marriage” legal in 2004.  Afterward, they planned to hold a reception in Colorado.  When they visited Phillips’ cake shop to ask him to provide a wedding cake for the event, he declined, explaining that his religious beliefs prevented him from participating in same-sex “weddings.”  Phillips said he would be happy to sell them brownies or other treats to serve at the reception, just not a wedding cake.

The two men reacted with angry disbelief.  “It was the most awkward, surreal, very brief encounter," Mullins told Denver Westword at the time. “We got up to leave, and to be totally honest, I said, ‘F--- you and your homophobic cake shop.’ And I may or may not have flipped him off.”

After the two men departed Phillips’s business, they filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission with the help of the ACLU, arguing that Phillips violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws, which were expanded in 2008 to include sexual preference and gender identity.

Phillips and his lawyers have argued that the religious nature of his objection to gay “marriage” warrants an exception to the anti-discrimination law, which also names religion among its protected classes.  

But on December 7, Judge Robert Spencer ruled in the gay couple’s favor, equating Phillips’s deeply held religious beliefs against gay “marriage” with racial bias.  To allow Phillips to refuse to serve gay “weddings,” the judge argued, “would allow a business that served all races to nonetheless refuse to serve an interracial couple because of the business owner's bias against interracial marriage.”

Wrote Spencer, “it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses. This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”

The judge also rejected Phillips’s argument that he was simply obeying the state constitution by refusing to recognize a same-sex relationship as “marriage.”

“Although [Phillips and his lawyers] are correct that Colorado does not recognize same-sex marriage,” wrote Spencer, “that fact does not excuse discrimination based upon sexual orientation.”

Phillips’s attorney, Nicolle Martin, told the Associated Press that Spencer’s decision was “reprehensible” and “antithetical to everything America stands for.”

“[Jack Phillips] can't violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck,” Martin said. “If Jack can't make wedding cakes, he can't continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system.”

Martin says her client has not ruled out an appeal.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: bakery; glbt; homosexualagenda; wedding
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1 posted on 12/11/2013 3:10:11 PM PST by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; narses
“I don't plan on giving up my religious beliefs ... I don't feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I'm participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for,” Phillips said. “My priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security.”

Ping!

2 posted on 12/11/2013 3:10:48 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

So there are some men left.


3 posted on 12/11/2013 3:11:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: NYer

when minorities and black robes oppress small business..

atlas shrugs.


4 posted on 12/11/2013 3:11:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NYer

Rock On!


5 posted on 12/11/2013 3:12:29 PM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: NYer

Is this still America?


6 posted on 12/11/2013 3:13:00 PM PST by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: NYer

What a good man.


7 posted on 12/11/2013 3:13:09 PM PST by donmeaker
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To: NYer

Like there were no other bakeries they could have gone to? It was harassment pure and simple.


8 posted on 12/11/2013 3:13:44 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: NYer

Great man.

Remember his name. The government will probably have him executed.


9 posted on 12/11/2013 3:13:56 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: NYer

This is my problem with fags also...don’t make me a participant in your perversion. It’s not like the cake baker is stopping them from being gay.


10 posted on 12/11/2013 3:14:09 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: NYer

If he likes his cakes, he should be able to keep making them, period.

No one should be able to take them away. No matter what.


11 posted on 12/11/2013 3:15:02 PM PST by gaijin
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To: NYer

He should have filed charges against the guy for cursing in his store.

Personally, if it was me, what they do with the cake is their business. But the government should not be able to force me to sell them one. Any more than they should be able to force me not to sell them one.


12 posted on 12/11/2013 3:15:03 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: NYer

The gays and the court are stripping the BAKER of HIS civil rights!

He might as well have a gold star pinned to his lapel...

Soon it’ll be the rest of us ‘extremists’ on the right...


13 posted on 12/11/2013 3:16:07 PM PST by joethedrummer
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To: NYer

Why dont the two homos just make their own cake?

Curse their fake marriage. When they are dancing with each other (barf) in front of their stupid friends, I hope they remember that they put an innocent man in prison for not being forced to make them a damn cake!

I hope that they cheat on each other and end up “divorced” in a year. (like that isn’t going to happen anyway)


14 posted on 12/11/2013 3:16:32 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: NYer

What a brave man. God bless and protect him.


15 posted on 12/11/2013 3:17:04 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer
Wrote Spencer, “it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses. This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”

This is a deeply stupid judge.

16 posted on 12/11/2013 3:17:20 PM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: NYer

“The two men reacted with angry disbelief. ‘It was the most awkward, surreal, very brief encounter,’ Mullins told Denver Westword at the time.”

Bullspit. This was a planned “gotcha” every bit as much as Sandra Fluke’s enrollment in Georgetown University. That is, it was intended from moment one as to set the stage for a legal battle. I’d lay 10-1 odds on it.


17 posted on 12/11/2013 3:18:16 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: NYer

Cake maker > congressional conservative >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> congressional RINO


18 posted on 12/11/2013 3:19:23 PM PST by CatOwner
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To: NYer

I wonder how many bakers Mullins & Craig went to before they found one that didn’t want to bake them a “wedding” cake.


19 posted on 12/11/2013 3:19:35 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DemforBush

You got it.


20 posted on 12/11/2013 3:20:33 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: NYer

They told him to get up and bake straight cakes in the back of the bus.

But Jack Phillips stayed seated and He Said No.

“I’m going to make my cakes right here, without changing my bus seat...”


21 posted on 12/11/2013 3:20:52 PM PST by gaijin
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To: VanDeKoik

I hope that they cheat on each other and end up with AIDS!


22 posted on 12/11/2013 3:21:55 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SkyDancer

Bunch of faggots have nothing better to do.

ACLU is despicable too


23 posted on 12/11/2013 3:23:03 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: NYer

God bless this baker for standing up for his beliefs..I am sick of the homo community taking over..for such a small percentage of the population, they have taken control of the media and most of Hollywood..this baker should NOT be forced to make a cake for a phony ass “Gay wedding” there is NO such thing, they are NOT married not in the eyes of God


24 posted on 12/11/2013 3:23:33 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: NYer

So are any politicians of the cowardly GOP defending this man?


25 posted on 12/11/2013 3:23:55 PM PST by River Hawk
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To: NYer
So what, is this judge going to order a Halal delicatessen to serve pork?

Didn't think so.

26 posted on 12/11/2013 3:24:00 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: NYer

I thought gay weddings were illegal in Colorado... why should he be punished for not baking a wedding cake?


28 posted on 12/11/2013 3:24:30 PM PST by Mashood
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To: NYer

Does this mean you can not have a sign in your business anymore Reserving the right to refuse service to anyone?


29 posted on 12/11/2013 3:25:34 PM PST by funfan
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To: NYer

Good for him. whatever happened to “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”?


30 posted on 12/11/2013 3:25:37 PM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

I bet the judge “denies people service” and won’t let everyone wear their pants around their ankles in his court room or carry a permitted concealed weapon.


31 posted on 12/11/2013 3:26:49 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: jsanders2001

Now he’ll get more orders for gay wedding cakes than he could possibly handle. He could find some gay bakers and sub the work out to them and make a killing. The best revenge is success.


32 posted on 12/11/2013 3:27:19 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: longfellow

“Public accomodations” of the Civil Rights Act.

yeah, it’s BS and IIRC, Goldwater predicted this


33 posted on 12/11/2013 3:27:54 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: jsanders2001
There's a "donate" button on his website.
34 posted on 12/11/2013 3:29:08 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: jsanders2001

How are there “gay weddings” in Colorado if same sex marriage is not legal there?


35 posted on 12/11/2013 3:29:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: NYer

But can the judge force him to make a GOOD cake? I got a few special recipes in mind.


36 posted on 12/11/2013 3:30:13 PM PST by Lexington Green (2012 - It wasn't an election. It was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Billthedrill


37 posted on 12/11/2013 3:33:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: NYer

These gays really are stupid. Legal actions like this is horrible pr for gays pushing gay marriage using words like freedom to advance their cause.

This baker needs to get some good constitutional lawyers and challenge this ruling.


38 posted on 12/11/2013 3:35:00 PM PST by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now I’m hungry. :-(


39 posted on 12/11/2013 3:36:17 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: NYer

Wait till the Criminal Justice System and the IRS find out how many of refuse to do anything Obamacare...
System Crash II

TT

Back to lurk mode


40 posted on 12/11/2013 3:37:00 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: NYer

What about the signs saying ‘we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone’ that hang in almost every business everywhere? Some idiot judge is going to force him to serve someone he disagrees with?

He should get a good attorney. I think this will get thrown out on appeal eventually.


41 posted on 12/11/2013 3:37:05 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Bullish

I wouldn’t count on it.


42 posted on 12/11/2013 3:37:57 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

Integrity.


43 posted on 12/11/2013 3:38:05 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: NYer

I can’t imagine why someone would really want a cake someone was forced to bake for them. Haven’t they heard you should never piss off the people who make your food?


44 posted on 12/11/2013 3:39:25 PM PST by Hugin
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To: SkyDancer

I checked the internet yellow pages for Denver-area bakeries - more than 200!!! Yup- this is a set-up and pure persecution. That being said, who would actually want to eat the cake at a gay wedding made by someone who is morally against gay weddings??? Not that I am suggesting this, but didn’t these fools see “The Help” ?


45 posted on 12/11/2013 3:40:21 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> How are there “gay weddings” in Colorado if same sex marriage is not legal there?

Where there’s a gay there’s a way...: )


46 posted on 12/11/2013 3:40:22 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: NYer

This is more about property rights than religious freedom.

If a man does not want to trade his property, for any reason, it is his right as owner of the property.


47 posted on 12/11/2013 3:40:43 PM PST by Mark was here (If I had a Rodeo Clown he would look like Barak Obama.)
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To: NYer

’ If you like your bakery,,,you can keep it ‘


48 posted on 12/11/2013 3:43:08 PM PST by Einherjar
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To: SkyDancer
It was harassment pure and simple.

I bet they target people.

49 posted on 12/11/2013 3:45:36 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “wedding” was to be in Massachusetts with a reception in Colorado. This is why Russia and India are putting the kibosh on homosexual “rights.”


50 posted on 12/11/2013 3:47:47 PM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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