Colo. Baker to Stop Making Wedding Cakes After Panel's Ruling

Saturday, 31 May 2014 05:40 PM

By Todd Beamon

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A Colorado baker said he will stop selling  wedding cakes after a state panel ruled that he discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a cake nearly two years ago.

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, is a Christian who does not believe in gay marriage, CBS News reports.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission upheld an earlier court ruling on Friday that Phillips had discriminated against the couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, in July 2012.

The pair sought to order a cake for their wedding reception. They had planned their nuptials in Massachusetts and to have a reception in Colorado.

In December, state Administrative Judge Robert Spencer ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop had discriminated against the couple.

Phillips told Fox News then that he would rather go to jail than violate his religious beliefs.

"They would be taking away my rights to do what I do as a business owner, as an American citizen," he said. "And as a follower of Jesus Christ, I don’t believe that's what he wants me to do. And so my priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security."

Phillips appealed to the state commission, CBS reports, which ruled against him.

The baker subsequently decided to stop selling wedding cakes, telling CBS that he would sell cupcakes for a birthday party for a gay person.

"I don't want to participate in a same-sex wedding," Phillips said.

The commission also ordered Phillips to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone," CBS reports.

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