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Colorado Baker Jack Phillips Ready to Make Wedding Cakes Again

Colorado Baker Jack Phillips Ready to Make Wedding Cakes Again
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 11:26 AM

Colorado baker Jack Phillips said Tuesday it was a "big win" when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, and he's looking forward to getting back into the wedding cake business.

"I got into the bakery business, one of the main reasons, because I love doing wedding cakes," Phillips told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." 

"The Colorado Civil Rights Commission took that away from me."

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's handling of the claims brought Phillips showed a hostility to religion, and said the commission violated the baker's religious rights, under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

The commission had ruled Phillips violated the state's anti-discrimination law that bars businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation when he refused to make a wedding cake for gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012.

Phillips said he does not create cakes for every message because of his religious beliefs.

"I don't do cakes for Halloween," he said. "I wouldn't make cake that would be anti-American or disparage people in any way. Including people who identify as LGBT. If somebody asked me to do a cake like that I would tell them no."

Phillips pointed out that he does sell birthday cakes, cookies and other items to gay people, but he "can't" do a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, because of the message.

Kristin Wagner, of the Alliance for Defending Freedom, was on the program with Philips, and said that his freedom was compromised by the commission as it was hostile toward him.

"As Justice [Anthony] Kennedy said, they compared Jack's religious beliefs, to slave owners. . . said he was engaging in despicable rhetoric," she said.

However, millions of Americans believe in in what Phillips does, she added, but the commission "applied the law in an uneven-handed manner. What he believes, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Catholics hold [that belief] throughout the country. Millions of Americans hold these beliefs."

Phillips said the response of the community has been "overwhelmingly supportive," as "my community realized how important this case is and how important it is to protect the freedom of, creative professionals myself."

However, Wagner pointed out that the commission order resulted in Phillips losing 40 percent of his family income and he had to let six of his 10 employees go.

"This has been a crushing blow to him financially," she said. "Imagine the fact for last six years he had death threats. His wife is afraid to go to work on daily basis as a result of this. He lives by his convictions. We all want that freedom."

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