Colorado baker sued for refusing wedding cake to gay couple

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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.

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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.

"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.

"We don't believe that this is a case about commerce. At its heart, this is a case about conscience." Nicolle Martin, attorney for Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop

The Colorado Attorney General's office has filed a formal complaint against Phillips which will receive a hearing at Colorado's Civil Rights Commission in Sept.

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