Masterpiece Cakeshop: Civil Rights Commission to hear gay wedding cake case tomorrow

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Should bakeries be allowed to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples? The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is expected to answer that question tomorrow, when it will hold a public hearing to determine whether the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood discriminated against a gay couple who attempted to order a wedding cake in 2012.

Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig claim that Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips refused to bake one for them -- an action that Judge Robert Spencer determined last year was discriminatory. Phillips appealed that decision to the commission.

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Spencer's ruling, which is on view below, found that Colorado state law prohibits "a place of public accommodation" -- which includes cake shops -- from discriminating against a person based on his or her sexual orientation. And 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 wrote. "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."

Will the Colorado Civil Rights Commission agree? The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the old Supreme Court Chambers of the Colorado State Capitol.

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

It turns out that the courts disagreed with the bigot community.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

go find a bakery that WILL make your cake and go there and shut the hell up and stop your whining and bitching! we're full here in reality.

Antroy Oneinthechamber Roby
Antroy Oneinthechamber Roby

They are starting to become bullies. If a private business refuses service, that's the right of the business.

Justin Stoner
Justin Stoner

wow..you won the communist award of the day....O aint your buddy GUY....bravo ..bravo ...yeah an asshat is better than communist blood pumping through my veins...thanks i never won anything before...

therealnph
therealnph

This is such grand horse-shit. Gay isn't a civil right, it is a choice. I see this business and its owners everyday. They are deeply convicted about their beliefs. I can't believe that the State is ruling on behalf of the gays who choose to be gay. This isn't discrimination. It isn't the same as being hispanic or black or what have you. So now a fine president has been set. Any little disgusting subset of society, pedophiles, fecal freaks and creeps of all kinds can cry discrimination and the state will come running to save them. Fucking cry baby gays. This is about the final straw as a native Coloradan. There is such a thing as too liberal. Im going to live with the rednecks in Indiana.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson

Businesses have to follow business laws such as the Federal Civil Rights Act. You can have your personal beliefs, but a business cannot legally discriminate under laws that have been around for many years.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson

Actually.... there is a whole host of laws that do not allow you to deny service based on certain things.... check out the law one day :)

mayhem_like_me
mayhem_like_me

With this ruling the members of the Westburo Baptist Church can force an openly gay baker to make them a cake that states "God Hates Fags."  The openly gay baker cannot discriminate against the religious beliefs of the church members.  

Carlton Balfe
Carlton Balfe

People are entitled to there own opinions not there own facts plain and simple! Retarted as liberals make me sick lmao.

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

ITT angry libertarians who equate certain types of discrimination with civil rights

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

Just like the signs that say, "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service", the right of a business to refuse service is something that each business should have. Granted that I also have the right to REFUSE to give my patronage to certain businesses. Why is it okay for some business to refuse service to some people yet bad for others to do the same? It seems that only one side DEMANDS everyone cater to them, yet they will NOT even grant others the same rights?? Thought provoking, indeed

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... there is NO RIGHT to refuse service to protected classes, you ignorant shitwipe.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another brain-dead imbecile.


There is NO RIGHT for a business to refuse service or discriminate against protected classes -- which include Race, Religion, Sex, National Origin, and in Colorado, Sexual Orientation.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@therealnph "Gay isn't a civil right, it is a choice"


Religion is a choice, you daft dipshit. Are you asserting that it's ok for businesses to deny service to Jews ?


Go fuck yourself, you bigoted piece of crap.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... there is NO RIGHT for any Business to refuse service to protected classes of people.


Just because lowlife inbred bigoted racist business owners posts stupid signs proclaiming their vile ignorance doesn't make it the law.


hth.

therealph
therealph

@DonkeyHotay Lets protect pedophiles next, how about fecal freaks? Lets protect the most immoral heinous people with grand sympathy. I would make the same refusal and close my business likewise if the government dictated that I had to go against my beliefs. How about drunks, lets protect them as a class also, nothing wrong with that, so that they can cry to the government when they get cut off at a bar. Under the AMA alcoholism is a disability, that would be like refusing service to a wheel chaired patron so it should work. Non of these people have any choices do they? so let them all be protected class victims for their sickness. Where does it end?

therealph
therealph

@DonkeyHotay @therealnph Religion is a CONSTITUTIONAL Right.


The First Amendment to the Constitution protects freedom of religion by banning Congress from passing any law respecting an establishment of religion and from prohibiting people from freely exercising their religion. The Supreme Court has applied these limits to state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

Amendments , (Or Bill of RIGHTS Super fucktard). You are truly fucking stupid. Intelligent parties now leaving. 

therealph
therealph

@DonkeyHotay @therealnph

I'm married to a Jew, Idiot. She'd agree that you marganalize the holocaust by comparing being Jewish, (No Choice), to a sinful, Gay choice. Religion is a right under the current constitution smart fella. It is clear that you have no education as your top shelf claim to fame is being a top commenter on Westword.com. To quote pop culture, as I am guessing you take movie breaks from your Internet trolling career and will recognize. Being a top commenter in this environment is sort of like being the smartest guy in the special needs class. My God made this unnatural (gay) abomination clear. Whether you believe it or not is equated to disbelieving gravity. Go jump off your roof screaming in disbelief, see how hard the ground is in spite of your lack of belief. The end result will be the same. I will pray for you. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@therealph "Lets protect pedophiles next,"


Catholic Priests are already protected, you stammering bigot.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... Sexual Orientation, including Same Sex Unions, are protected and recognized in Colorado, you brain-dead bigot.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@therealph "Religion is a CONSTITUTIONAL Right."


And the CIVIL RIGHTS Act added additional protections -- Race, National Origin, Sex, etc. ...  and in Colorado and other States, Sexual Orientation is also protected.


If you don't like that, then move to some backwater shithole where your vile hatred and bigotry is still tolerated.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@therealph "I'm married to a Jew, Idiot."


Your problem, not mine. Next time find a smarter yenta .



@therealnph "She'd agree that you marganalize the holocaust by comparing being Jewish, (No Choice), to a sinful, Gay choice."


She has a choice to renounce her ridiculous superstition, just as she had a choice to not marry a lowlife bigoted hateful Shegetz piece of crap like you.


Stop hiding behind the holocaust to justify your vile hatred.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues 


Does it hurt to be so damn ignorant?


Sexual Orientation is a protected class in Colorado, same as Religion, Race, Sex, National Origin, etc.



therealph
therealph

@DonkeyHotay @therealph I don't stammer, I understand your simple brain's need for monosylabic reading but I cannot accommodate you. And this isn't an issue of bigotry. Stop equating skin color and race to a love of salad tossing, balls on chin, shit smelling sodomites. They are not even in the same sports complex and there is absolutely no comparison. The suffering of native americans, Jews, blacks and hispanics, all of whom I love, is not the same as sin and choice to commit sin. Gay=sin. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


So now you are claiming that gay is the same as gay marriage is the same as gay unions?


Fuck you are stupid.    


therealph
therealph

@DonkeyHotay @therealphYou wormy little gay (supporter) are ridiculous, regardless of your ability to Google Hebrew and are truly an idiot of rare and extraordinary magnitude. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


Can't answer a direct question, can you numb nuts?  Are you having difficulty distinguishing between being gay and being married?


If it does hurt to be ignorant, I bet you constantly drag your ass on the ground to relieve the burn. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@therealph 


Religion is a choice, moron.


Hatred is a choice, you vile wretched bigot.


You can give up both, if you had any intelligence or morality.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... they didn't ask the baker to MARRY THEM, you sniveling shit-sucking maggot.


So in your perverted bigoted world, a CAKE and MARRIAGE are the same thing?


Does it hurt to be such an ignorant imbecile?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== you really are dumber than a bucket of puss


They weren't asking the baker to MARRY THEM, fucknuts -- they were attempting to purchase a cake -- the same cakes that the baker sells to other protected classes, blacks, jews, mexicans, etc -- and the baker refused to sell them a cake because and only because they were gay.


That violates Colorado's civil rights protections covering sexual orientation.


The Civil Rights Commission AGREED, the baker was WRONG, and you're an IDIOT.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


"shit hole" = the donkey's love interest


"shit sucking" = the donkey performs this by proxy whenever he licks his boyfriend's dick.


Your obsession should be troubling to you.  The fact that it isn't is even more troubling.  



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

"and the baker refused to sell them a cake because and only because they were gay."


This from the twisted twink with his little dog in the fight.


So, stinky, can you read minds now?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@therealph ... Read the COLORADO Constitution and Civil Rights laws, moron.


Sexual Orientation IS a protected category.


Now go fuck your Jewish wife in the ass, scumbag.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @therealph


Golly STINKY, you're not playing nice with your friends again.  Do you need a time out?


Once more for the exceptionally slow kids:


NOWHERE IS GAY MARRIAGE PROTECTED.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


Oh, I almost forgot, the perverted piece of shit who sees pornography whenever he sees a small child.


You and your NAMBLA bretheren should be exterminated.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


The Civil Right Commission has about as much influence on rational people as you do stinky.  Who gives a fuck what they or you say?  


"Does it hurt?"    Is that what your boyfriend asks when he shoves his dick up your ass?  I presume a little pussy like you is the catcher.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== says the ignorant fucktard who claims that being Catholic or Muslim isn't a protected civil right, because they are choices.


ROTFLMAO !!



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


You have nothing you little queer bait. 


You have no skills, no credible come-backs and no clue.


Fucking chicken-dick loser.  

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