Colorado Baker Who Refused To Make Gay Wedding Cake Says Business Is Up Since He Lost Civil Rights Battle
The Colorado baker who recently lost a legal battle over the refusal to make a gay wedding cake says business is even better than usual. Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips vowed to not back away from his religious convictions about gay marriage and maintains that his First Amendment rights were violated in the case.
Jack Phillips was the subject of a Colorado Civil Rights Commission complaint after refusing to bake and decorate a wedding cake for a gay marriage ceremony. As previously published by The Inquisitr, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig filed the complaint with the support of the ACLU, after Phillip’s declined the gay wedding cake order in 2012.
During an interview earlier this week with The Blaze, the Colorado baker said that he will remain open for business but still has no intention of completing confectionary services for lesbian and gay weddings.
“I’m not going to make cakes for same sex weddings. That violates my First Amendment speech and my duty as a Christian abiding by my savior,” Jack Phillips said.
The Masterpiece Cakeshop owner stopped accepting wedding cake orders in March – three months after Colorado Office of Administrative Court Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled against him in the Civil Rights case. Spencer noted in his decision that Phillips must “cease and desist from discriminating against same sex couples.”
After the Civil Right ruling, business at the Colorado bakery has reportedly changed drastically. According to the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, business has substantially increased since he lost the case.
“Since we were just in the news, it’s busier.”
Phillips went on to state that on Monday he took 65 orders in his shop, up from the typical 25 which usually get scheduled at the start of a week.
Jack Phillips also had this to say about the gay wedding case:
“The Bible to me overrules all that [court decision] and the Bible asks me to be obedient to Christ and the Bible condemns certain things.”
Although business is good, the baker also noted that he has been receiving harassing emails and phone calls from those oppose to his views on same sex marriages.
A statement from the ACLU after the ruling in the Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig discrimination case read:
“We are all entitled to our religious beliefs and we fight for that. But someone’s personal religious beliefs don’t justify breaking the law by discriminating against others in the public sphere.”
The Masterpiece Cakeshop owner’s attorney Nicolle Martin had this to say about her client and his views on gay marriage:
“I would pose this question to the admin law judge or the tribunal – ‘Is this commission prepared to force a pacifist to paint a mural for a disabled US veteran honoring whatever war he or she fought in and is disabled because of? Are we to force that painter to paint a mural celebrating war?”
What do you think about the insistence of Jack Phillips that his First Amendment rights were violated when ordered to make gay wedding cakes?
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