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Masterpiece Cakeshop: Civil Rights Commission finds bakery discriminated against gay couple

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Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood discriminated against a same-sex couple when it refused to bake them a wedding cake in 2012, according to an order issued today by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The commission upheld an administrative law judge's prior determination that the bakery and its owner, Jack Phillips, violated Colorado's anti-discrimination laws. The seven commissioners also reiterated the judge's order that Masterpiece cease such discrimination -- a point that may be moot because Phillips says he hasn't been baking wedding cakes for anybody since early this year.

Instead, Phillips says he's been busy filling orders from supporters for other baked goods. "It's a very small shop and you can only do so much," Phillips said after the hearing.

Phillips added that he disagrees with the commission's findings and said that requiring him to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples violates his rights to free speech. If a gay couple wanted a birthday cake, Phillips said he'd have no problem baking one. "My issue is, I don't want to be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding," he said.

His attorney, Nicole Martin, said Colorado has clearly defined marriage as between a man and a woman -- and the commission has no right to overrule that. "Is it really America anymore if a human rights tribunal can trump the First Amendment?" she said.

The seven commissioners did not listen to arguments from either side before making their decision. Instead, they deliberated on the issue based on written pleadings.

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Courtesy of Dave Mullins
Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins tried to order a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop but say the shop refused to make them one.
Commissioner Susie Velasquez said that because Masterpiece Cakeshop is a "public accommodation" under the law, it is barred from discriminating against same-sex couples. "It should be open to everyone," she said.

"If a cake shop said, 'No, I don't bake cakes for Hispanics,' that would be the same," added commissioner Diann Rice, speaking in agreement with Velasquez.

"It's not an issue of free speech," said commissioner Raju Jairam. "I can believe anything I want to believe, but if I'm going to do business here, I better follow the law."

In addition to ordering Masterpiece to stop discriminating against gay couples seeking wedding cakes, the commission ordered Phillips to submit quarterly reports for the next two years detailing the steps the shop has taken to do so. The reports are to include updates on any changes in store policy, training for employees and a tally of how many customers have been turned away and for what reason.

The same-sex couple who tried to order a wedding cake from Masterpiece in 2012 also attended the hearing. Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins said they're thrilled with the commission's decision. "Everything they said in there validated how we feel," Craig said.

Phillips can choose to appeal the commission's decision to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Martin, his attorney, said they're contemplating whether to do so.

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Masterpiece Cakeshop: Will shop make cake for dog wedding but not gay wedding?"


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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Because the baby republican jeeeEEEeeezzzzussssa commanded "Thou shalt be a bigot and spread your hate to all.  Lie so you can catapult the propaganda."

Christina Faith Hughes
Christina Faith Hughes

Being gay is a choice. Why would you want to spend your money with someone that doesn't want to service you anyway?! Who cares???!!!! There's an Arby's in the South (can't recall which state) that the franchise owner refuses to service certain races. But pssssh I'd gladly keep my money vs lining their hate filled pockets. A butt load of other Arby's to choose from.

Rick Gustafson
Rick Gustafson

Rhetorical question... What about a gun owner legally carrying? Can the owner legally refuse to serve him or her?

Paul Lovato
Paul Lovato

I think Land Of The Free should come with an asterisk

Nate Wilson
Nate Wilson

It totally makes sense that being gay is a choice. Who wouldn't want to struggle with sexual preference, being bullied, called names, harassed, and being depressed their whole upbringing. Although, now that I think about it, I do recall a study done by Francis Collins (just the head of the human genome project) and the results were that if given a set of twins and one is openly gay, the other has a 20% chance of being gay too. But that couldn't have anything to do with science could it?

Kristi Adducci
Kristi Adducci

I agree....money is green no matter who spends it

Colleen Luckett
Colleen Luckett

Where are your "studies," Phisher? Let's see? Guarantee they are all filled with bias.

Ignorance_Is_Bliss
Ignorance_Is_Bliss

Christina Faith Hughes, how many women did you sleep with before you chose to be straight?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Religion is a choice, too.


Why shouldn't businesses be able to deny service to Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals and other idiot Christians?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... the "right" to keep and bear arms does NOT extend to OTHER PEOPLES' property if said property owner doesn't want guns on their land.


While the RTKBA is a constitutional right, it isn't listed as a Protected Class under the Civil Rights Act(s), either Federal or State.



hth.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Grasping at straws nutty nate?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Well wipe, for a little truth in advertising:


There are no studies that duplicate this study and therefore the original study is invalid.  As for conclusions, opinions and articles on conclusions and opinions, you might as well use them to "handily wipe" your ass, because they have zero basis in fact.  


Glad I was here for you.  Truth and reality will set you free.    


Notice that I did not state an opinion, merely fact.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "There are no studies that duplicate this study and therefore the original study is invalid. "


You really have no idea how science works, do you moron?


Are there any peer reviewed scientific studies that disprove it?


Are there any scientific journals that indicate said study was erroneous in method or structure?


Stop yammering about subjects you have ZERO comprehension over.


Now tell us again how Religion isn't a Federally Protected class of Civil RIght because "it's a choice", you daft brain-dead dipshit.





DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... says the ignorant fuckwit who claimed that being Catholic or Muslim isn't protected ... because "it's a choice".



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


Actually I do.  ANY study, experiment, or thesis that cannot be duplicated has NO validity in the scientific community.  This study, by gay men, for gay men, is meaningless.  


Stop talking out of your ass and pretending to know something you obviously have no clue about.


You fucking moronic, pretentious prick.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


That is the way it should be.  There is no accounting for liberals and there meddling overreach.  


If you are not born with it, or have no choice in the matter, it should NOT be protected.   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== still a brain-dead idiot.


The Study was just released THIS YEAR.


Your absurd assertion that it has not yet been duplicated -- and therefore invalid -- would invalidate ALL NEWLY PUBLISHED studies, you daft fucking dipshit.


That it is NOT YET duplicated does not mean that it can not be duplicated -- or in fact falsified -- at some future date.


Feel free to publish YOUR OWN study that refutes it ... in a peer reviewed scientific journal.


LOL!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "There is no accounting for liberals and there [sic] meddling overreach. "


Is that your "believe" ??


You = illiterate imbecile.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "If you are not born with it, or have no choice in the matter, it should NOT be protected."


Well numbnuts, not many babies are born with Glocks or AR-15s in their little hands, so under your idiotic pontifications, there should be no right to keep or bear arms ... 


... nor should any personal property outside of your skin, flesh and bones be protected, since you weren't born with it.


Does it hurt going through life as the abject retard that you are?




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "That is the way it should be."


You -- being the pig-ignorant fucktard that you are -- claimed that was the way it is, which is so laughably false that only a low-functioning retard wouldn't recognize what a pretentious imbecile you truly are.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


Fucking moron.  Even the study you cite says "suggests".


If a duplicate study was not necessary for validity, every numb-nut, fuck stick would claim some scientific fact or another.  (Kind of like you do stinky.)


Do a little reading you stupid mother fucker.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


Golly stinky, did you forget your epic grammatical failure?  Let's revisit...


Typical brain dead donkey comment.



"Good think (sic) the Sgt. keep (sic) a throw-away piece..." May 15, 2014



Remember, the one you deleted in shame and embarrassment.  


But your owner, fb, saved it for you.


Relish it you hypocritical piece of shit.  


Now, who is illiterate?  Well, "stinky" is the answer.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


Fuck you are almost too dense to communicate.  I believe we were taking about civil rights. 


Your dodges are a pathetic pea for help.  You have no skills so you attempt subterfuge and slight of hand.  Fucking twit!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== completely IGNORANT of the methodology of scientific study and publication.


Now tell us again, moron, how being Catholic or Muslim is NOT PROTECTED Federally because you say they are "choices".


Show the world once again just how FUCKING STUPID you really are.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "Your dodges are a pathetic pea [sic] for help."


The only "pathetic pea" in this discussion is the one inside your thick skull that substitutes for your brain.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


I don't know why I bother, but..........


The idea behind reliability is that anysignificant results must be more than a one-off finding and be inherently repeatable.

Other researchers must be able to perform exactly the same experiment, under the same conditions and generate the same results. This will reinforce the findings and ensure that the wider scientific community will accept the hypothesis.

Without this replication of statistically significant results, the experiment andresearch have not fulfilled all of the requirements of testability.

This prerequisite is essential to a hypothesis establishing itself as an accepted scientific truth.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


A crowd favorite to illustrate who the real ignorant fuck is.


Typical brain dead donkey comment.



"Good think (sic) the Sgt. keep (sic) a throw-away piece..." May 15, 2014


And then you deleted it in shame and embarrassment.  Tried that one without your big sister's help didn't you fuck wad?


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


I knew you would eventually try to deny it, you worthless piece of shit.


The donkey either is or acts like a spiteful, arrogant, petulant,snot-nosed, egotistical, spoiled, resentful, irascible, immature, punk ass teenager.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues  <== still an ignorant sniveling imbecile


Nothing in your copy and paste changes the idiocy of your original laughably false assertion that simply because the newly published study has NOT YET BEEN replicated it is therefore "invalid" in your pig-ignorant world of mental retardation.


The study is Reproducable -- if anyone cares to do it -- its methodology and metrics are publicly disclosed.


Furthermore this current research builds on already existing work by Dean Hamer in the 1990s, the American geneticist who identified an area on the X chromosome that appeared to influence male sexuality.


If a moron like you thinks it's inaccurate, then go ahead and produce your own study refuting it, and be sure to publish the results in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.


ROTFLMAO !!


[ cue crickets chirping ]

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== whines the ignorant illiterate bigot who claims that being Catholic or Muslim have no Federal protection because they are "choices".



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


So, fuck-wad, your only defense is "the study would be reproducable (sic) if someone wanted to"'.  (I'll give you a pass on "reproducible", since the word is much too large for you to be using and i'm not as trivial as you.)


The fact that you totally ignore the definition of Scientific Method and make up your own indicates what a true buffoon you are.


Replication: If an experiment cannot be repeated to produce the same results, this implies that the original results were in error. As a result, it is common for a single experiment to be performed multiple times, especially when there are uncontrolled variables or other indications of experimental error. For significant or surprising results, other scientists may also attempt to replicate the results for themselves, especially if those results would be important to their own work.[35]

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


Here's the deal stinky ...........


I'm not religious, nor do I discriminate against those that are, so why would I care?

I'm not gay nor do I discriminate against those that are, so why would I give a shit?


You are a bigoted little shit weasel so you obviously need to pay closer attention.


Fucking hypocrite.  You know stinky, you are just about worthless.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "Replication: If an experiment cannot be repeated to produce the same results,"


The study CAN be repeated, you brain-dead dipshit. It is reproducible. It is published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, along with its methodology.


You really are quite the low-grade moron, typical kkkonservative repuglycan.


Did your mother raise you to be an ignoramus, or is that a skill you developed on your own?







DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


@fishingblues "I'm not gay nor do I discriminate against those that are, so why would I give a shit?"


Behold some choice quotes from fistingblues, in the last month alone:


Fat, stupid, ugly = man-hating bull-dyke.


Fat, stupid and ugly.  The bull-dyke trifecta.


Fat-assed, man-hating bull-dyke DOES NOT equate to "good American.


The mutt is a fat-assed, man-hating bull-dyke


 Is that what they taught in bull-dyke school today?


Overbearing, bombastic, big-mouthed, butt-ugly, bull-dyke bitch.


Wow, a fucking cross-dressing she-male and an obese, butt ugly bull-dyke.


So mutt, besides being an obese, lazy, stupid and ugly bull-dyke, 


Stupid fucking bull-dyke.


Sorry fatso, I'm the wrong gender to be "your little tuna-tasting, rug-munching, crack-snacking, muff-diving, bull-dyke diddling bitch.


Why would ANYONE be interested in you?  You can't even get women to touch your tuna.  Skanky bull-dyke that you are.


That bull (dyke) would buck your ass off.


The mutt is a fat-asses,man-hating, muff-diving,rug-munching, tuna tickling, stinky old bull dyke.


The mutt is bitter because she "got ugly early" and then she got fat  and then no male would have her so she turned bull-dyke.


Seriously, any 300 pound, butt ugly, drooling bull-dyke is going to draw attention.


####################



Suck shit much? ...you bigoted lowlife maggot.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


So, your response is "the experiment CAN be repeated, if  they want to"?  what a fucking moron.  The truly ignorant stay ignorant because they bull-headedly refuse to change their bigoted and small minds in the face of overwhelming evidence.


Replication: If an experiment cannot be repeated to produce the same results, this implies that the original results were in error. As a result, it is common for a single experiment to be performed multiple times, especially when there are uncontrolled variables or other indications of experimental error. For significant or surprising results, other scientists may also attempt to replicate the results for themselves, especially if those results would be important to their own work.[35]

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Hairless has romnesia.  He probably doesn't remember posting that crap, otherwise he'd hide from this and any other similar forum. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotay I can't help but notice that fishingforyounghairlessboys brings no study to the discussion, only his cult propaganda and the foul attitude typical of conservatives.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== still a clueless pig-ignorant idiot.


The study CAN be repeated, you brain-dead fucktard. 


It is REPRODUCIBLE. 


It is published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, along with its methodology.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... that lowlife shitsucking piece of crap attempts to hide / block his posting history profile ... because he's ignorant and stupid enough to think that will stop people from locating his vile history of hatred and bigotry.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Fuck you are dense.


Not "CAN be" or "we think so" or "we hope so" or "donkey says so"  BUT


"IS" repeated.


Jesus Christ you are shit stupid.  


Fucking twat!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== still has no fucking idea what he's yammering about.


Stay stupid, moron, it's your only skill.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga @DonkeyHotay Unworthy of further response.  Your silly name calling reveals your deficiency better than I could.  Thank you for showing readers how a typical conservative behaves.

While your fantasies about my gender are just that, fantasies, they do reveal your hatred toward women.  Your daddy should have raised you better.  Howard Dean, in his research into today's defective conservatives, correctly points out how conservatives are looking for a "daddy figure."

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Donkey boy, no one cares that you are queer.  Let go of the anger; it's passee.


It's hard to admit that you are dead wrong, isn't it stinky?  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... whines the dipshit who claims that being Catholic or Muslim isn't a federally protected class because they're "choices".


You = dumber than dirt


... really stupid dirt.



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