Imagine being ordered to go against your religious beliefs, and if you refuse, you could be arrested, fined or sued.
That happened to the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery who now must make wedding cakes for gay couples.
However, the owner is standing his ground, and his action is inspiring people around the world.
The sign on the door reads “Celebrating 20 Years of Great Cakes!” For two decades, Masterpiece Cakeshop has created art in the form of baked goods that keeps customers coming back.
From cookies and cupcakes to signature cakes, Jack Phillips and his daughter Lisa have transformed their bakery into a studio. Phillips said it’s all inspired and motivated by his faith in Jesus Christ.
“It’s the most important thing that I think about throughout the day. When I wake up, when I go to work, I want to know that what I’m doing is pleasing to Him, that I honor Him and His Word, because that’s the most important thing,” Phillips said.
But Phillips’ Christian faith landed him in trouble with the law. His crime: adhering to his biblical belief that marriage is only between one man and one woman.
In 2012, a homosexual couple sued the baker after he declined to make a cake to celebrate their marriage. An administrative law judge ruled against him, and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission agreed.
The commission stated Phillips’ refusal went against the state’s public accommodation law. It requires businesses to serve customers regardless of their sexual orientation.
In a public statement, one member of the Civil Rights Commission said, “I can believe anything I want, but if I’m going to do business here, I’d ought to not discriminate against people.”
“I didn’t discriminate against anybody,” Phillips countered. “Like Nicolle (Martin, his attorney) said, I’ve chosen not to make cakes for same-sex weddings. I told David and Charlie when they came in that I would sell them cookies and brownies and birthday cakes and shower cakes. I just don’t do the same-sex wedding cake. So I did not discriminate against them, just that event I’ve chosen not to participate in.”
His attorney, Nicolle Martin, said the Commission violated Phillips’ First Amendment rights. She’s taken the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals.
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SOURCE: CBN News