The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled Friday (May 30) that the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act doesn’t allow a Christian cake maker to refuse to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.
Jack Phillips, a Christian who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., discriminated against a same-sex couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, by refusing to make a cake for their wedding ceremony in 2012, the state’s seven-member Civil Rights Commission said in its decision, asking the bakery to change its long-standing policy.
“Any person doing business in Colorado has to recognize that they have to do business in an ethical and law abiding way and the law says you cannot discriminate,” Denver Post quoted Raju Jairam, vice chairman of the commission, as saying.
Last December, a Colorado judge ruled that the Christian baker has to make cakes for such ceremonies as well as prove that he has done so. Attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom appealed the decision in January.