Baker Snubs Ruling to Make Wedding Cakes for Same-Sex Couples

Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 12:09 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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Despite being ordered by both a civil court and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to make wedding cakes for gay couples, baker Jack Phillips tells The Blaze he has no plans to do so.

"I’m not going to make cakes for same-sex weddings," said Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. "That violates my First Amendment speech … and my duty as a Christian abiding by my savior."

The American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins, filed a lawsuit after Phillips, citing his religious beliefs, declined to make the men’s wedding cake in July 2012. Phillips offered to make another baked item.

When a judge ruled in March that Phillips may not turn away same-sex couples, he promptly stopped taking cake orders while he appealed his case, according to The Washington Times.

"The Bible to me overrules all that and the Bible asks me to be obedient to Christ," Phillips told The Blaze. "The Bible to me overrules all that and the Bible asks me to be obedient to Christ."

This week, the civil rights agency upheld the judge’s decision and ordered Phillips, his mother, who also works at the bakery, and all staff to undergo sensitivity and anti-discrimination training. For two years, Phillips must also provide the commission with quarterly reports to show he has not refused customers based on their sexual orientation, according to Fox News.

He has been directed to create new policies and procedures for his staff, though Phillips says that, too, won’t be happening.

"My old ones are pretty adequate as far as I’m concerned," he told Fox News. "I don’t plan on giving up my faith and changing because of that."

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