Colorado baker sued for refusing wedding cake to gay couple

U.S. -

A gay couple from Colorado, with the assistance of the ACLU, is pursuing a discrimination case against a baker who refused them a wedding cake based on his Christian beliefs.

Circa News

Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig sampled wedding cakes at Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, CO, for their wedding this fall. When the owner realized the cake was for a gay wedding, he refused to serve them, saying it was against his Christian beliefs, according to a lawsuit the couple filed with the ACLU.

Denver area baker Jack Phillips on July 16 appealed a May court ruling requiring him to serve customers regardless of their sexual orientation, saying his actions had violated Colorado's public accommodation law. Phillips says the ruling infringes his First Amendment rights.

"We are all entitled to our religious beliefs and we fight for that. But someone's personal religious beliefs don't justify breaking the law by discriminating against others in the public sphere." Mark Silverstein, legal director ACLU Colorado

The ACLU has assisted the couple in their case and alleges the cakeshop has refused the patronage of other gay couples in the past.

According to the ACLU, Stephanie Schmalz and her partner Jeanine visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to buy cupcakes for their commitment ceremony but were refused service. Schmalz then called the shop, asking owner Jack Phillips to bake a cake for a wedding between 2 dogs, to which he obliged a quote.

Read this storyline and more on Circa for iPhone

Now available in the App Store

What is Circa? Get the App