Masterpiece Cakeshop ordered to stop discriminating against gay couples

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A judge has ordered that Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood stop discriminating against gay couples seeking wedding cakes. The judge's ruling (on view below) is in response to a complaint filed by same-sex couple Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, who said that Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips refused to bake them a wedding cake last year.

Phillips admitted as much to the judge. According the ruling, Phillips is a Christian who believes that baking a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage would "be displeasing God."

See also: Masterpiece Cakeshop: Will shop make cake for dog wedding but not gay wedding?

"Phillips believes that the Bible is the inspired word of God," the ruling by Judge Robert Spencer says. "That its accounts are literally true and that its commands are binding on him. Phillips believes that God created Adam and Eve, and that God's intention for marriage is the union of one man and one woman."

Colorado state law, however, prohibits "a place of public accommodation" -- which includes cake cops, Spencer says in the ruling -- from discriminating against a person based on his or her sexual orientation. Spencer didn't buy Phillips's argument that he's not opposed to gay people, just gay weddings.

"The salient feature distinguishing same-sex weddings from heterosexual ones is the sexual orientation of its participants," Spencer writes. "Only same-sex couples engage in same-sex weddings. Therefore, it makes little sense to argue that refusal to provide a cake to a same-sex couple for use at their wedding is not 'because of' their sexual orientation."

Read the entire ruling below.

Initial Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case


Location Info

Masterpiece Cakeshop

3355 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO

Category: Restaurant


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Chris Scott
Chris Scott

It's good they pressed charges - that's the only way any progress towards equal rights will happen.

Al Monterde
Al Monterde

WIN / WIN .... think you'd buy a cake from them if you are gay ? Civil rights acknowledged / Owner still doesn't bake any gay themed cakes !

Zac Ricciardi
Zac Ricciardi

Just like they have a right to be together he has the right to say I don't want to make you a cake. Freedom goes both ways

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

this may come as a news flash robbie...but you can not refuse service to anyone just any reason...this is not the 1980's. you can not refuse service because of someones skin color, religion, or sexual orientation. also, i fail to see how wanting to be treated equal is wanting special treatment. people like you said the same thing about blacks when they wanted equality. it blows my mind that we are living in 2013 and there are still people who are as retarded as you.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

instead of boycotting, they need to get bombarded with 'gay' cake orders...that never get picked up or paid for.

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

First of all its Not good business to care so much what people are doing or what they want a cake for..it's a freakin cake!!! I hope he goes out of business..we need tolerance in the world not more judgement coming from small minded religious freak!

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

Not sure if Im chiming in much on this one .......You have so many STUPID ,Ignorant idiots on this page !! (you KNOW who you are ) . This shop owner made it about religion from the get . He should have just come out and said I refuse the right to service you or tender money for services to you . That is EVERY business owners right to refuse anyone service ....... But not based on religious beliefs.

pierrejc2
pierrejc2

This is a huge victory for human dignity.

We atheists applaud this wise and kind rulling.

This is a crushing defeat for Christians. They must feel awful, losing again, as usual.

Their bible orders them to kill gay people. What a disgusting book!

Frank Catalfano
Frank Catalfano

i say if you own your store you can do as you dam well please

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece

What's most amusing about Christians citing the Old Testament as proof God h8s teh gays is that the moment you bring up any other Old Testament verse and ask why they don't follow it, they go on about how DA NEW TESTAMENT TRUMPED IT!!!!1 Which is it?

Monique Grant
Monique Grant

Well I'm gay and engaged and I agree with the judges ruling but I would NEVER give this place my business!! I would much rather go to a gay friendly establishment and support their business.

Jeremy Ashcraft
Jeremy Ashcraft

I the man is a Christian, he wont sell to gays because of his religion? Then hes contradicting himself because (don't really want to bring religion in this just proving a point) somewhere in the bible is you can't judge others. So by not selling to gays he is judging them by there sexuality. And I think fuck him

Fred Florendo IV
Fred Florendo IV

Apparently Mr. Robbie Ratay is not familiar with hypocrisy. Making assumptions and name calling are a form of bigotry. No matter how diverse your acquaintances may be, that doesn't make you a better person. I am sure that they don't appreciate you using them make yourself feel better about your misguided opinion.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Wow, these Failbook comment dumps are like Digital Diarrhea ... and about as useful too.

Taylor Lawrence
Taylor Lawrence

Gay couples should have the right to a diabetic life like everyone else.

Matt Loomis
Matt Loomis

So the demographic that seems to be the most concerned with "bullying" turn out to be bullies.

James Foy
James Foy

Look at the ruling this is Admin Law Judge, which is not the same as a District Court. This is a political appointment. I wonder how this case might be different if it was presented in El Paso?

Jeremy Ashcraft
Jeremy Ashcraft

But I guess the guy won't sell to gay couples because it's against his religion. Bullshit,! Might as well not even sell to fat people because laziness is a.sin

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

Nope..not on welfare, don't own a gun , despise main stream media, voted for obama the first time, support my daughter and love my family! Good try though..love how ppl try to insult me cuz I have a opinion Lol keep the insults coming cuz you are showing your ignorance just as much as me...keep it coming

Adam Christopher Norwig
Adam Christopher Norwig

I think possibly Robbie Ratay has zero to do with this company as ignorantly related he might seem to be related to this bakery. More than likely he is some douche bag at home cleaning an assault rifle he doesn't need, on welfare, avoiding child support, eating Taco Bell, watching porn and Fox News, making racist comments about the president, listening to David Allen Cole in his living room that sports a nazi flag. But in the end he probably loves the wiener. Get out of the closet, Robbie, we can see your shoes underneath the door.

Robbie Ratay
Robbie Ratay

No you established that! Not me fuck boy..get off my nuts broad..fyi I'm not gay so move along

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Individual liberty and commerce are not one and the same. Too often, libertarian DWEEBS seem to have it ingrained that their "freedom of speech" is automatically transferable over to business transactions, which is not true. Regulating commerce is very much within the realm of government. A business owner can preach on endlessly about so-called "traditional values" all he/she wants without any threat of legal retribution (like the hooplah over Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy's remarks), but once that bigotry crosses over to the cashier counter and results in systematic, sanctioned discriminatory policies (that is, actually denying service to LGBT persons), that is a whole different ballgame in which the courts will very much be obligated to get involved with. Yes, these are private companies, but they are also offering their services to the general public and as such, they are very much obligated to abide by anti-discrimination laws. End of discussion.

rolyjoe
rolyjoe

But they didn't press charges.

rolyjoe
rolyjoe

It blows my mind that people as "retarded" as you still use slavery as a comparison in their arguments.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Close ... Queer Nation / ActUp in SF used to "bust out" homophobic businesses, especially bars and restaurants, by targeting them for massive openly gay patronage on a continuous basis.


The homophobic business owners were at first shocked and offended by all the daily openly Gay customers hanging out, but soon came to realize that the new-found increased $$$ in the cash register was quite welcome.


After a few weeks of continuous patronage, the Gays would abruptly stop and end their campaign, leaving the business owner in financial ruin, as by now the business had become known as a Gay hangout, and all of the old homophobic customers were long gone.






hill4990
hill4990

Yes, that's right.  It's a freakin cake...not worth going to jail for these heterophobes to have a guy charged criminally because he doesn't like their lifestyle.  It goes both ways.  Gays aren't happy unless they ruin someone who doesn't agree with them or drive them out of business.  They can GTH.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... but it was based upon his bigotry toward gays, whether he declared it as such or not.

hill4990
hill4990

@pierrejc2 Oh sure...a victory?  Crushing Christians?  Wow sounds like that is all you and your cause are about. 

fognl7
fognl7

Frank Catalfano 

What else do you say?

pierrejc2
pierrejc2

Even refuse to serve blacks?


Racist!

pierrejc2
pierrejc2

Whenever they say that, remind them that they have just rendered the Ten Commandments moot.


Oops!

hill4990
hill4990

Good.  That's how it should be.  Don't patronize a place if that is how they are.  However, you don't try to throw someone in jail for this.  If you agree with him possibly going to jail, then you think your rights are more important than someone whose been in business without your patronage for over 20 years.

hill4990
hill4990

Oh sure...classy, not!  You are pretty intolerant.  Gay liberal is what you are, right?  You sound like a heterophobe.  Better get some sensitivity training quick.

Jesus
Jesus

"Wow, these Failbook comment dumps are like Digital Diarrhea ... and about as useful too."

Funny, that's how people around here feel about your petulant puke of posts and multiple, schizophrenic log-ins.

rolyjoe
rolyjoe

You'd probably cry a river over that, too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@rolyjoe ... the civil rights movement -- equality for blacks -- was 100 years after slavery ended in the U$A, you pig-ignorant fuckwit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @hill4990 "Gays aren't happy unless they ruin someone who doesn't agree with them or drive them out of business"


Of course ... that'd be one of the fundamental requisites for homosexual happiness.


hill4990
hill4990

@DonkeyHotay  Bigotry?  Gay men are the worst most intolerant people.  Look at what they said to the guy. He should press charges for harassment if the gays step up their crap to him and to the idiot who suggested a bunch of cake orders that get called in and not paid for...I hope they get criminally charged as well. 

pierrejc2
pierrejc2

No, I care about human dignity.


That's something that a Christian like you will never understand.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jesus ... time is the fire in which we all burn, my son.


Jesus
Jesus

My father's name is Miguel.


You're just someone with way too much time on your hands.

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