The owner of a Colorado bakery said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake.

Masterpiece Cakeshop is owned by Jack Phillips and in 2012, a gay male couple attempted to order a cake for their wedding reception. They were planning a Colorado reception but were getting married in Massachusetts.

Phillips said he doesn’t believe in gay marriage and he refused to sell them a cake.

“We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs,” Phillips said after the hearing. Phillips also admitted he had refused service to other same-sex couples.

From Denver CBS:

A judge previously ruled a business owner cannot refuse service to a customer on the basis of sexual orientation. Phillips appealed to the commission, but it upheld the decision.

That prompted Phillips to decide he would no longer make any wedding cakes. He said he would be fine selling cupcakes for a birthday party for someone who is gay but added, “I don’t want to participate in a same-sex wedding.”

The commission also ordered the baker to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone.

For the couple, they said they always believed they were in the right and it was important to pursue the case for future customers.

“We’ve already been discriminated there,” Mullins said. “We’ve already been treated badly.

“The next time a gay couple wanders in there asking for a wedding cake, they won’t have the experience we had.

“They will have a responsible experience and leave feeling respected.”


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  • lolomoss

    I dont think this has anything to do with changing peoples beliefs or opinon, or giving money to ignorant people. I think this is being the change you want to see in the world. just because people hide behind “beliefs” doesnt make their actions or words accurate. People had “beliefs” about interracial relationships and cases like this needed to take place to make it known that it is not okay to treat people this way. Im glad they did it and i hope he does shut down his business. makes more room for others.

  • Mary Burrell

    Why should people eat something from somewhere individuals are bigoted against them, they might do something nasty to your food.

  • Joy Kaine

    Personally, I wouldn’t want to eat from any place that didn’t appreciate my money. I couldn’t trust the cooks, chefs, or servers not to spit in my food. I wouldn’t stop baking, they wouldn’t run me off like that.

  • Eduardo

    “The commission also ordered the baker to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone.”

    Ok, this smacks of totalitarianism mixed with the couple’s victim-narcissism. It’s one thing to have laws that prohibit an entire group of people from purchasing certain
    items. It’s another to have a shop that doesn’t sell to African-Americans, Hispanics, Jews, etc. Just go to another shop, problem solved. It’s a similar situation with churches. A church doesn’t accept your lifestyle? Go to another one that does! I’m not exactly religious but that doesn’t mean I want to persecute people for believing that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman, or that some prophet was born from a virgin, could walk on water, turn water into wine and bring back the dead. People can believe whatever crazy ideas they choose to believe.

  • Shanae

    Why is the judge making this man do what he does not want to do?!

    In the US, your power is in your dollar. That’s all you have. Why do people want to give their power to people who *hate* them? I don’t get that. You should be glad this baker refused you, this way, you don’t support an anti-gay household with your money. There are plenty of homosexual pastry chefs – go support one of them. This may sound reductionist, but use your money wisely and stop giving it to people who don’t care about you or your cause or your interests. If this business can sustain without money from gay people, then good for them…I highly doubt it.