The controversy began in July 2012 when David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Artists speak through their art, and when Jack Phillips creates custom wedding cakes, he is promoting and celebrating the couple's wedding. Attorney Diana Ellis said, "I'm glad they're hearing it".
Phillips was told that if he wants to keep making wedding cakes, he needs to make them for everybody. "It's 40 percent of my business".
Colorado's Civil Rights Commission found Phillips guilty of violating the state law and ordered him to take remedial steps including staff training and the filing of quarterly compliance reports.
Wolf also spotlighted that "twenty-nine states have no such laws, so gays and lesbians freed to marry by the Supreme Court in 2015 still can face discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations".
It all started when a baker in Lakewood refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner's religious beliefs. The decision bolsters the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 case in which the court concluded that same-sex couple are entitled to marriage "on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples". Phillips argued that making the cake violated his religious beliefs - but the couple filed a discrimination lawsuit and won.
Public opinion about the case is mixed. He said this decision, "reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right".
Peggy Brennan, a cake store customer, disagreed. They include California and six other states in the West, Illinois and three other states in the upper Midwest, and 10 states on the East Coast from Maryland to Maine.
Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips was overcome with emotion when he learned the Supreme Court would take up his case. The photo shows cake models.
Early this month, the Idaho Supreme Court denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner in a decision that reflected state laws that have not been updated since same-sex marriage was legalized. Daniel Binderup, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor corruption of a minor for a consensual affair he engaged in with a 17-year-old girl in 1996, and Julio Suarez, who was convicted of a misdemeanor for carrying a gun in his auto without a license, both lost their gun rights despite committing nonviolent misdemeanor crimes and never serving any time in jail.