Judge to Baker: You Must Serve Gay Weddings
Colorado cake-maker refused to contribute to same-sex ceremony
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2013 5:45 PM CST
FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo shows Dave Mullins, right, sitting for a portrait with his husband Charlie Craig, in Denver. The gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a Colorado...   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

(Newser) – A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said today. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples.

Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against shop owner Jack Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission last year on behalf of Charlie Craig, 33, and David Mullins, 29. The couple was married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado. Mullins and Craig wanted to buy a cake in July 2012, but when Phillips found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding, he turned the couple away, according to the complaint.

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Victor Dugas
Dec 10, 2013 3:27 AM CST
The truth is that I do not agree with homosexuality, but to say that there is a law, a judge or a crazed jobless lunatic with a gun that has the right to change my right to believe this, is no different then saying the crazed lunatic with his hand on the nuclear trigger has the right to change the destiny of millions of people...just because he can. I have no desire to change the homosexual that likes being that way, but no one has the right to force me to be a party to what someone else believes if it goes against what I believe. The moment one right is removed...the world changes for the worse and it effects everyone as a whole whether they are aware of it or not...
JeffreyRO55
Dec 9, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Many professed Christians appear unfamiliar with America's legal system, and how laws work. There is a law in Colorado that says a business serving the public can't discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. This kind of anti-discrimination law is common among states. You don't get a pass from obeying the law because you consider yourself religious. That's a very novel and bizarre idea.
Victor Dugas
Dec 8, 2013 9:42 PM CST
What a joke. As if I would allow anyone to force me to disregard the beliefs I will take to the grave just so that I don't hurt someones feelings. Shoot me because thats the only way.