Skip to comments.A Moral Revolution at Warp Speed—Now, It’s Wedding Cakes
Posted on 12/14/2013 3:00:57 PM PST by rhema
Six months. Thats how long it took to get from the U.S. Supreme Courts decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act to the decision of a Colorado judge ordering a Christian baker to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony. Just six months.
Back in June, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Windsor case, ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act, passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, was unconstitutional. Six months later, judge Robert N. Spencer, an administrative law judge in Colorado, ruled that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver must serve same-sex couples by making wedding cakes, or face fines.
Last Friday, Judge Spencer ruled that Phillips must cease and desist from discriminating against same-sex couples in his cake business. The case emerged after Phillips refused to make a cake to celebrate the civil union of David Mullins and Charlie Craig. Colorado has a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages, but it recognizes legal civil unions for same-sex couples. The two men had married in Massachusetts, but planned a reception in Colorado.
Phillips told the couple that it was the same-sex marriage that he could not celebrate by making the cake. According to Judge Spencers decision, Phillips told the court that making same-sex wedding cakes would be displeasing God and acting contrary to the teachings of the Bible. He told the men: Ill make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies and brownies, I just dont make cakes for same-sex weddings.
Mullins and Craig went to the American Civil Liberties Union, which took their case to court. ACLU attorney Amanda Goad told the court that Phillipss faith, whatever it may have to say about marriage for same-sex couples or the expressive power of a wedding cake, does not give the respondents a license to discriminate.
Phillips told the court that making a wedding cake was an artistic endeavor that was expressive in nature, communicating approval and celebration of the same-sex union. He also told the court that he has been a Christian for thirty-five years and that making the cake would violate his Christian convictions and responsibility, requiring him to encourage what he believes to be sin.
Judge Spencer ruled that Phillips must make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, regardless of his moral or biblical convictions. Make the cakes or face legal penalties, he was told.
The editorial board of The Denver Post was enthusiastic about the judges decision: If youre going to sell wedding cakes in Colorado, you have to sell them to everyone who comes into your shop. You cant pick and choose among customers based upon your belief that some weddings are immoral.
So this baker in Colorado joins a photographer in New Mexico, a florist in Washington State, and another baker in Oregon in facing such a challenge or legal order. These four will not be the last, and of that you can be certain. The moral revolution represented by same-sex marriage is vast in its scope and unprecedented in its velocity. The Windsor decision in June requires the United States government to recognize same-sex marriages. As predicted by Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissenting opinion, all that remains after Windsor is for the other shoe to drop.
Last week, that shoe dropped on Jack Phillips.
The Windsor decision was not directly cited in Judge Spencers decision. It did not have to be. It was standing in the background, representing the massive momentum of the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. Reversing the federal governments legal position on recognizing same-sex marriage was a giant victory for the advocates of same-sex marriage, and it now looms over every legislative action and judicial decision in the nation.
Six months. Thats all the time it took for the news to shift from a landmark Supreme Court decision in Washington to a Colorado court ordering a baker to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The momentum of this revolution is breathtaking, and its threat to religious liberty is plain for all to see.
Hahaha, you have to laugh. Wait till they try this
with the muslims...
Will they require an Islamic caterer to serve ham at a Christian wedding reception?
Administrative law judge.. Aka magistrate? I would assume..
How bold the judge is and sensitive to the shop owners rights..
Here’s two creme pies in that judge’s face
Looks like Caesar has spoken.
I would make them the cake but include a few surprises...
The pro contraception, pro abortion, pro divorce culture is finding it’s price tag. The price? Freedom itself!
‘Mr. Shultz, you are hereby ordered by this court to make personalized wedding drawings for any same sex couple that demands it, even if you happen to refuse to do such actions for heterosexual couples, as you are discriminating by refusing to do a comic of the same sex couple.’
I can't wait for the court case where a defendant is brought before the court for failing to do their best for a same sex couple when forced to perform their artistic efforts under penalty of fines.
Personally, if I was under such an order, I'd simply construct gay wedding cakes out of pre-prepared cakes from the local market and charge outlandishly for it.
Well, I guess the conscientious objection to fighting a war a person deems to be immoral is out the window...
If the same 2 gays demanded this of a Muslim Baker, their own severed heads would be the decorations on top of the cake
Speaking of Caesar, this resembles the way that Christians were told to offer incense to the gods or face execution. At least they haven't gotten to enforcing this by the threat of death. Submit or lose your livelihood.
People said I was crazy for saying that gay marriage will lead to polygamy:
Is it just me - or is the Denver Post forum the worst format ever?
Why is this latest perversion of religious freedom just getting all the press. What happened to the Wildflower Inn, Elane Photography, or Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association? All of these were just as egregious.
Mohler forgot to mention the part about the men using vulgar sexual expletives as they left his business. That in itself would have banned them from my store for life.
How about asking an Islam to bake a cake with bacon bits in it...then sue them.
Here we go with the Islam comments and sabotage threats from FReepers who don’t have a clue.
Can’t focus on the issue at all.
Why couldn’t he just MAKE the cake, and add salt instead of sugar, and use mineral oil, instead of corn oil, and leave a couple of pubic hairs right where the two man and man sit on top of the cake...and then put his snot mucus stuff from his nose that is 2 days old, in the middle with the frosting and some toilet paper between the sheets...and avoid all of the bally who.
Just make a lousy tasting cake.
“Here’s your cake, Sirs. Please ignore the cigarette butts, ground glass, sand and spittle”
The license to discriminate is what builds a civilization. You can't maintain any sort of culture or society if you can't censure or exclude people that don't conform to the accepted morals, mores, and behaviors.
We have had the license revoked by certain people because they want to wreck Western, i.e. Christian, Civilization. Who are these people pushing to wreck Christian civilization? Who is running and financing groups like the ACLU? They certainly aren't Christian. Can they even be considered American?
I would bake those faggots a cake alright.
Here, eat up! Don’t worry ... I only use the best ingredients for gay Nazis.
Is heterosexuality going to be criminalized?
The bad news is that it's going to happen when most people living here are Mexican Muslims.
When the government, at many levels, looks at us as indentured servants or serfs, what difference does our opinion make? After all, we meant to serve them and sustain their spending through our toils and tax dollars.
“Speaking of Caesar, this resembles the way that Christians were told to offer incense to the gods or face execution. At least they haven’t gotten to enforcing this by the threat of death. Submit or lose your livelihood.”
It might come to that someday. This and the health care issues are completely about trying to force people to violate their conscience.
Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)
Tell this “judge” to go **** himself.
More of a de-evolution. My musical tastes run to Devo. My societal tastes, not so much.
In some jurisdictions, it is already a hate crime to SAY anything negative about homosexuals.
In some jurisdictions they are considering making laws that say it is a crime to THINK anything negative about homosexuals.
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised that before it all ends, that we see laws that will make it a crime to refuse to engage in a homosexual act, if said homosexual demands it.
Bake their cake with the special “Jesse Jackson Secret Sauce”.
If the State of Colorado does not license "Same-sex marriage", how can a mere baker in that jurisdiction be forced to lend tacit approval?
More coastal meddling in the interior. Let 'em have their reception in Massachusetts instead of messing with people elsewhere.
So they could sue some more if there is so much as too much salt or icing, etc.
I would not want to bake anything for a client which has already proven itself to be hostile to my business, because that only invites more litigation.
Sue me, and I'm not going to be doing business with you, because you already cost me money. If that isn't cause to NOT provide them with anything, I don't know what is. (As if a moral and religious objection wasn't cause enough.)
Art II, Section 4. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever hereafter be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his opinions concerning religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship, religious sect or denomination against his consent. Nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.
Take a look at the state's own Constitution then... what he's doing is baldfaced rebellion to the very document that gives his office power.
Another bump on the descent of the slippery slope when the Federal Government assumed the authority to dictate who will and who will not enter into a private contract. This means you, HUD.
“We reserve the right to refuse service” becomes a quaint memory, like Burma Shave signs.
It’s time for a fancy cake to be shipped across the country to me. I don’t give a damn what it costs. Phillips is man of principle and a man of God! support him.