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Colorado Bakery Ordered To Serve Same-Sex Couples

Judge orders Colorado bakery to serve same-sex couples

Denver, CO — A judge has ordered a Colorado bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony to serve gay couples, despite the owner’s religious beliefs, or face fines.

Judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple last year “because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage.”

Spencer ordered Masterpiece Cakeshop to “cease and desist from discriminating” against same-sex couples. While the judge did not impose fines in this particular case, the bakery will face penalties if it continues to deny gay couples.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint against bakery owner Jack Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission on behalf of 33-year-old Charlie Craig and 29-year-old David Mullins in June. The couple married in Massachusetts in 2012, but wanted a rainbow layer wedding cake to celebrate their union in Colorado. Phillips turned them away when he found out the cake was for a gay ceremony. He told them, “I’ll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you brownies and cookies, I just don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings.”

The discrimination complaint said Masterpiece Cakeshop had a history of denying same-sex couples.

Jack Phillips’ attorney, Nicolle Martin, said of the ACLU’s complaint, “We don’t believe this is a case about commerce. At its heart, this is a case about conscience. It brings it to the forefront. I just don’t think that we should heighten one person’s beliefs over and above another person’s beliefs.”

Phillips argued that applying the anti-discrimination law in this case violated his First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of religion. He also noted that Colorado doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, and said that making a cake for a gay marriage would “displease God.” But Spencer said that Phillips’ “refusal to serve a same-sex couple due to religious objection to same-sex weddings is no different from refusing to serve a biracial couple because of religious objection to biracial marriage.”

Charlie Craig and David Mullins weren’t the only ones turned away by Masterpiece Cakeshop. A Yelp user named Samantha S. warned anyone else with an “alternative” lifestyle that the bakery “does not want your business, as they do not participate in making cakes for ‘illegal’ things, such as a commitment ceremony.”

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67 Responses to “Colorado Bakery Ordered To Serve Same-Sex Couples”

  1. Joe Mosley

    Thanks to the HNIC ,in the White House ,you can kiss your God given rights good bye,

  2. Neal Korfhage

    So, the attorney for the gay couple said, "I just don’t think that we should heighten one person’s beliefs over and above another person’s beliefs.” So, then my question for the attorney would be "then why are you holding gay couples beliefs over and above the bakery?"

    Agree with Joe Mosley. We now live in a society that predicates everything on hurt feelings or if someone was offended rather than the Constitution. If gays really were tolerant they way they claim they are they would just go to another bakery that would serve them with a clear conscience. Why make the baker do something that violates his freedom to express his religious beliefs? The tolerant side isn't so tolerant after all.

  3. Wayne-Chuck Reynolds

    Now let me get this straight: Colorado thinks it is ok to suck on a joint but it is not ok for Bruce to suck on Dave's tallywacker? That's just not politically correct at all!

  4. Natalie Ringger

    Are you nuts? You are so wrong it's disgusting. We DO NOT TOLERATE DISCRIMINATION. Some things should be tolerated yes, but not discrimination. You wanna talk about the Constitution? Well in the Constitution we find a little something called the separation of church and state and whether its private or public if you choose to operate a business you must abide by that tenet. So should African American people who were being discriminated against be more tolerant too? Should they have what? Moved back to Africa? I can't believe ignorance like yours still exists in this day and age. If you want to run a business and make $ off the community then you have a duty to serve everyone except those who are abusive. Our rights have limits, free speech and freedom of religion has limits. You cannot speak things that incite violence, slander, or discriminate with speech. Sorry intolerant bakery owner but no, your free speech and freedom of religion rights do not apply here.

  5. Natalie Ringger

    MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT IS NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY HYPOCRITICAL CHRISTIANS WHO THINK IT IS OK TO IGNORE THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE THEIR RELIGION SAYS SO! IF YOU THINK THAT'S OK YOU'RE READING THE BIBLE WRONG. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK IT'S OK TO BE INTOLERANT? GOD IS NOT HERE TO DEFEND YOU AND SAY YOU'RE RIGHT, YOU DON'T LIVE IN HEAVEN YOU LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD WITH OUR RULES. THE BIBLE SAYS NOT TO OFFEND, IT SAYS WOE UNTO THOSE THROUGH WHICH OFFENSES COME. IF YOU DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE YOU ARE OFFENDING THEM AND SHOWING THEM HOW INTOLERANT CHRISTIANS ARE SO WHY ON EARTH WOULD THEY WANT TO BECOME CHRISTIAN. IF YOU OFFEND SOMEONE FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR BELIEFS YOU HAVE JUST PERVERTED YOUR PURPOSE AND ARE NO LONGER USEFUL TO GOD ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU'RE TURNING PEOPLE AWAY FROM HIM INSTEAD OF TO HIM. YOU'RE A HYPOCRITE AND YOU'RE SELFISH.

  6. Joan Wilcox

    Natalie Ringger What happened to the right to refuse service at the shop owners discression, they should not be forced to serve anyone they don not want to. regardless of who it is they are making a big deal out of this because they are gay. So get down off your high horse a@@ and rellize that your rights to make decisions are eroding as fast as you support the rights of a certain group and take the rights away from another group. You do not have a duty to go against your beliefs nor do you have a duty to serve everyone that comes into you shop asking for service. shopping is not a given right it is a privelage.

  7. Natalie Ringger

    Hey Joan Wilcox, you're stupid because:
    The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to "full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin." The right to refuse service does NOT APPLY WHEN THERE IS NO LEGITIMATE BUSINESS REASON TO DENY SERVICE. This gay couple wasn't hurting anyone or being bad customers, they were simply homosexual and the owner didn't like it. If he had a legal right to refuse service for a legitimate reason then the judge wouldn't have legally been able to make the ruling he did. So in your face, you're an awful person for defending a discriminatory person.

  8. Brian Call Tothewall Jones

    At no point, should a government be allowed or even able to FORCE anyone to go against their religion. This country has catered to the wants and needs of Muslims, and I believe it is high time that we acknowledge that Christianity has a pretty good base here already. To shove this down their throats is criminal! This bakery should not only be allowed to refuse service, they should be able to seek damages from this queer couple along with the judge.

    IF you want to be queer, by all means, be queer, but WE do not have to accept it. You refuse our lifestyle, so why are we forced to accept yours?

  9. Jackie Pratt

    I agree with Joan Wilcox, every business has the right to refuse service, this isn't gay vs. straight, this is the right of a person, business owner to make his own choice.

  10. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger I do not agree with Homosexuality in any sense of the word.I do not want their filth shoved in my face.If people like you don't like it,I don't really give a damn.What a person does in their bedroom ,is on them.I don't care.But your rights do not extend into my space.So keep your filth away from me.

  11. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger You are one disgusting individual.I will never compromise my Religious,Moral beliefs or principles for such as you.I don't owe you or anyone else a thing.Respect,the time of day,nothing.

  12. Natalie Ringger

    MY RIGHTS EXTEND TO YOUR SPACE BY THE FACT THAT I EXIST. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT GIVEN BY ANYONE TO SAY HOW I OR ANYONE ELSE SHOULD LIVE THEIR LIFE. AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO OWN A BUSINESS THEN YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SERVE EVERYONE EQUALLY. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS TRASH BECAUSE OF YOUR INTOLERANCE. JESUS SAID TO LOVE EACH OTHER AND NOT JUDGE, WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO DISOBEY HIM AND THEN USE HIS OWN WORDS TO JUSTIFY YOUR DISOBEDIENCE?! YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE, YOU ARE JUDGEMENTAL, AND YOU ARE WRONG.

  13. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger Are you a pussy eater? Me thinks you are.You protest to much.

  14. Natalie Ringger

    Nope! A business does NOT have the right to turn someone away legally unless they have a legitimate business reason. Religious beliefs are not a legitimate business reason. You people are all just so ignorant are you all from the mid west or something? Jesus Christ. You're saying something that's factually untrue and yet you really seem to believe it. Look it up, look up court cases that set the precedence. Any judge will tell you you don't know what you're talking about. The right to refuse service absolutely does not apply to cases of discrimination due to race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation. You CANNOT do that, it's the law. Look it up and educate yourself so you stop making yourself look so stupid.

  15. Natalie Ringger

    Omg you are so ignorant it's disgusting. We came to this country so that the government couldn't force us to follow a religion, and I'll be damned if the government is going to allow people to discriminate because of religion it's the same thing. Go back to fucking England if that's what you believe because you ARE NOT an American with that attitude. You are so wrong in so many ways here I don't even know where to start. Your ignorance is simply mind blowing, especially in this day and age. F*** you.

  16. Tina Thomas

    Discrimination debate aside, you all seem to have forgotten that wherever there is a law there is a loophole. The problem is the baker made custom designs. If he really wants to NOT do this all he has to do is stop making custom designs for all couples and only offer 10-15 pre-set designs available and that is all ANYONE can get. There's no discrimination then. Period. I look for a lot of baker's to do this in CO now unless this is overturned on appeal, which it can be for the simple fact that there are other bakers who do custom designs who would do this and as a private business owner, they do have the right to refuse service to anyone–and probably often do.

  17. Natalie Ringger

    Yeah you agree because you're an ignorant intolerant hypocrite as well. Disgusting minds think alike I guess. Our country would be a lot better off without intolerant and ignorant individuals like yourselves so if you don't like our laws you're welcome to leave. Seriously anytime. Cuz the judge ruled in our favor. The law is on our side and I thank god that the law protects people from discrimination by evil people like you. Anyone who thinks its ok to deny someone their rights just because you don't agree with their lifestyle is evil. No ones forcing you to accept their lifestyle all they wanted was an effing cake. You people are disgusting and intolerant. Go to hell that's where you belong, you make those of us who actually believe in civil rights sick.

  18. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger You are the one that is wrong.You have to grind your garbage into another person's face just to prove a point.I have nothing to prove.I know who and what I am.You sound like one bitter individual.Like I said,you stick your nose in my space,try to shove your garbage and filth off on me,the consequences are on you.I do not bother people,but I sure as hell don't let anyone bother me.Live with it .WITCH.

  19. Brian Call Tothewall Jones

    Natalie Ringger , as a matter of fact, I am Cherokee Indian, so take your trash mouth and ignorant attitude elsewhere. You have attacked anyone on this thread with any opinion that doesn't agree with you. Obviously a nasty Lesbian, or someone who just hates anything that goes against their atheism.

    You are truly very sad. I have read your replies and you are truly very sad. Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate….. You also make it clear that only you queers can do as they please and can violate others. Only queers have freedom of speech? Really?

    If I must acknowledge your right to be queer or to have the life you choose, why don't I?
    I know for a FACT that Christians, if they take a bible into a queer area, can be arrested, if not, the aids ridden bunch attack them, spit on the, urinate on them, just like the wild animals they are. So, you say, if you don't accept queers, you don't matter.

    Imagine a world with nothing but queers. It wouldn't be long until all of them would die out and nothing would be left. It isn't just that it is ungodly, it is quite disgusting, see medical reports and stats and polls as an example.
    Highest rates of multiple kinds of cancers, suicide, alcoholism, drug addiction, pedophilia, rape, multi-partner perversion, among a list of many other issues. Sounds great!

  20. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger You are the one looking stupid.I regress,you ARE STUPID.By the way ,are you the husband or the wife? Being such a sick individual,you are either queer or a bloody Liberal.

  21. Natalie Ringger

    If you think you don't owe me respect then you are not a Christian joe. So atop calling yourself one. Your morals are not morals, it's bigotry plain and simple.

  22. Brian Call Tothewall Jones

    Isn't it interesting that a Christian in a queer neighborhood with a bible, will be spit on, urinated on, cussed, punched, hit, flashed, etc. The Police will threaten the Christian if they don't stop preaching as it violates the queers rights. What about the Christian's rights?

    Violence and attack is always the answer for the queers and those who support them. ALWAYS. According to these queers, only they have freedom of speech and freedom to their own religion, primarily atheist. While I agree, they can certainly have sex with whatever they like, and they can worship any number of devils or stones they like, and they can surely have sex with one another like animals all they like, HOWEVER, I have the right to HATE everything they do! Those rights they insist that they have, we also have.

    RIGHTS go two ways! The law protects ALL Americans, not just the sodomites and lesbians folks!
    If we don't stand up to this bully attitude toward Christianity, where does it stop? We cater to the Muslims, and I could care less, but I refuse to be kicked to the curb!

  23. Tina Thomas

    Natalie Ringger WHY would someone with any common sense want to do business or force their own beliefs on someone who is never going to accept them? Take your money elsewhere because there is a loophole around the ruling and I'm sure the owner will utilize it. This was not about "serving gay couples" this was about forcing one's view on another business owner. All he has to do is change how he does business and the ruling does not apply–meaning no custom designs for ANYONE. He can even make people purchase items to put on top of those cakes themselves rather than provide them now.

  24. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger My family came to this country in 1635 ,from England.If not for my ancestors and people like them,there would be no America,for you ,me or anyone else.I'm 73 years old ,and a great grandfather.I had 4 brothers.Each of us did our duty and served our country.Have you and your queer friends ever did any thing constructive? Other than run your mouths?

  25. Natalie Ringger

    If you're Native American then you should be familiar with discrimination and you should not want to see anyone discriminated against. I am in fact not a lesbian, I am just passionate about civil rights. I am heterosexual agnostic, not atheist. You don't know me or anything about me so don't presume to, I didn't presume to know you did I? No I judged your comments, I didn't judge your lifestyle. And all of you are just plain wrong, the law is on our side and it always will be in this matter. Your ignorance is disturbing.

  26. Natalie Ringger

    I am a bloody liberal til the death but not a lesbian, sorry to burst your bubble. And you know what is really sad, the fact that you think standing up for someone civil rights makes me a lesbian. That's why you're the stupid one.

  27. Natalie Ringger

    If you want to run a business you have to serve everyone, you do not have the right to discriminate against customers due to their race, age, religion, or sexual orientation. This is a precedent set a long time ago and always upheld in court, anyone who disagrees is intolerant.

  28. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger,I think you are losing it.Does the truth hurt?You are really lashing out,like a loose cannon,now.You've met your match.Live with it.

  29. Natalie Ringger

    No it was not about accepting another's viewpoint!!!!!! IT'S A CAKE!!!!! Why should the couple have to go to another bakery? What if all bakers in the area are "Christian" and this poor couple can't get a cake anywhere. You people must be from the mid west or something your thinking is all backwards. The truth is on my side so I'm done arguing. I've known many Christians and they wouldn't dream of discriminating against someone who just wants a damn cake. You people make me sick. That you defend this and then that you argue even though you're wrong. You're wrong according to our laws, and you're wrong according to the bible. The bible says to obey the laws of the land. So in every way possible you're wrong. There's really nothing else to say.

  30. Joe Mosley

    Natalie Ringger If you are straight,your man if you have one,must be a real wimp.I know of no REAL MAN,that would touch such as you.

  31. Natalie Ringger

    That's because you wouldn't know a real man if you saw one. You're not a man you're a monster so you wouldn't even know what a man looks like. My opinion is based on the law, so you really need to stop making assumptions about my personal life and attacking me for them because you're the only one looking stupid here.

  32. Joe Mosley

    Typical Liberal.You are tolerant as long as the other person agrees with you.If not,he or she is a no good piece of crap.Well ,If disliking such as you makes me a hypocrite,or bigot,I will wear that name proudly.

  33. Natalie Ringger

    You're the one calling me a lesbian and I'm lashing out? No honey, I haven't lost anything. I won. The judge ruled in favor of civil rights so sorry but I already won.

  34. Natalie Ringger

    You're the one calling me a lesbian and I'm lashing out? No honey, I haven't lost anything. I won. The judge ruled in favor of civil rights so sorry but I already won.

  35. Scott Beamer

    Joe, are you really an asshole or do you just pretend to be one on the Internet?

  36. Joe Mosley

    I think my friends and family would differ with you.I have a loving family,beautiful loving wife,wonderful children,grandchildren,great grandchildren.What do you have,other than a withered ,dried up bitter soul?The way you react,I think my remarks are right on the money.You are like a tortured rattlesnake,lashing out at the one with the audacity to stand up to it.I never back down,when I know I'm right.

  37. Kat Hosking

    I thought businesses had the right to refuse service to whoever for whatever? I think this bakery owner is wrong and rude but it is his right to refuse service.

  38. Tina Thomas

    Natalie Ringger Correction, we all live in the real world with the same rules and it is nobody else's job to do God's job including yours. What are you screaming for? Is that the only way you think you can be heard on here? You quote the bible as readily as any hard shell baptist I ever dealt with and then call this other guy a t**t in the next breath? C'mon and grow up. You cannot force your opinion on others no matter how hard you try. Many have enough common sense to take their business elsewhere rather than create ill will–and a lot of my friends do so. That is what this lawsuit has done whether or not you want to admit it or not. The people I do know in the LGBT community also feel that people who spew vitriol the way you do hurt their cause more than help it. Hatred from you does not counter hatred from anyone else if that is how you perceive it. See what that bible you quote says about that instead of trying to score points for yourself by bullying the others on here. This is more about you than the gay community I think. These people have the right to their opinions, their beliefs and the way they want to deal with the world around them. The sooner you accept that the better off you will be. By the way, you say everyone should be served equally? Go to a baker and try to get a cake shaped like a penis for a birthday party for a porn star. 90% will tell you absolutely not. They will be upheld in court and if this case gets appealed, the baker will be treated as an artist most likely, and not a restaurant owner. If presented as art in a court appeal, THIS CASE probably will be overturned on first amendment grounds because nobody can tell an artist what they HAVE to interpret. Like I said, where there are laws, there are loopholes.

  39. Brian Kay

    I don't they didn't want to do businesses with them it absolutely doesn't matter why . In any retail businesses my family has owned I could refuse to serve you just because I thought you were ugly ( smelled had dumb looking clothing etc) it could be a multitude of reasons 1 possibly could be that being gay is against there beliefs. We are not Not a socialist country yet.

  40. Dave Barnett

    You can choose how u express yourself sexually which contains moral choice. Not true with race. Store owners should be able to exercise their morality in their commercial choices which this gay couple forced them to do.

  41. Kristen Marie Haffner Esgate

    Joe Mosley you can think whatever you like in private. That's on you. However, this didn't happen in private; it happened in public. And that, my friend, is discrimination. What if it had been a black couple, or a biracial couple? Are your views on life so narrow, you believe the same thing about other 'different' people?

  42. Natalie Ringger

    Sorry but no your sexuality doesn't have anything to do with morality and everything to do with genetics. You don't choose who you love just like you don't choose to need to eat, it just is. Look it up if you don't believe me, new evidence proves our sexuality is determined by genetics. It is not a moral choice, it is for you so you want to define the whole world that way but some of us actually adhere to logic and reason and science.

  43. Natalie Ringger

    You're both wrong factually. Our laws do not allow business owners to discriminate based on race, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc. This is a law. Everyone who's on here stating that you would deny service are breaking the law and I hope you all get caught and punished for it. We do not let photography businesses – or any other business – turn away customers because of the their race, or because they are divorced, or because they use birth control. The same principles apply when the customer is a same-sex couple. Everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs, but when you operate a business in the public sphere those beliefs do not give you a right to discriminate.

  44. Natalie Ringger

    People like you shouldn't be in business. You shouldn't be able to make a dime off the community if you're not willing to serve everyone.

  45. Jesseca Adkins

    If I do not want to serve someone I won't gay or not and I HAVE THAT RIGHT ! You have commented on everyone's post more or less to try to bully them to believe like you period , everyone came to give their oppinion they do not have to agree with you to not get bullied.

  46. Kat Hosking

    Natalie Ringer I in no way personally would turn anyone away for any reason. As I said in my comment I think this guy is wrong and rude. I was just asking a question is all

  47. Kat Hosking

    Natalie Ringer I in no way personally would turn anyone away for any reason. As I said in my comment I think this guy is wrong and rude. I was just asking a question is all

  48. Johnny Morris

    Gay people are the most petty and discriminatory you'll ever meet.. God forbid an overweight woman wants something from them, they'll hiss like a leaking tire!

  49. Natalie Ringger

    So me informing you that according to the law you are not allowed to discriminate is bullying you? Really? I'm not bullying you you're just parroting what someone else said and it doesn't even apply to you. Stop being so dramatic, I merely informed you that you would be breaking the law if you chose to discriminate against someone due to sexual orientation. Informing you of what the law states is not bullying. That's a ridiculous statement. Only more evidence of how illogical your thinking is.

  50. Darlene Strayn

    Joan Wilcox I think that ended with the Civil Rights movement and the Laws passed in the 60s. Just sayin

  51. Darlene Strayn

    No problem. You shouldn't be in business if you won't serve the public.

  52. Darlene Strayn

    Jo-Mo, you're right to discriminate like that ended in the 60's, dude.