It’s a battle that goes beyond wedding cake.
In 2012, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado refused to make a cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins’ wedding reception.
Phillips refused the make the cake based on his religious beliefs, which he believed where protected by the constitution.
The Atlantic goes on to say, “’Phillips believes that decorating cakes is a form of art, that he can honor God through his artistic talents, and that he would displease God by creating cakes for same-sex marriages,’ the court wrote in its decision.”
The core issue is equal protection and rights versus free speech claim. On Thursday, the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld their decision that Phillips violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
CNN writes, “Colorado law prohibits places of public accommodation from refusing to serve people based on sexual orientation” according to the 2014 Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Businesses cannot refuse service to a group or individual that is available to the public.
How would you counsel Jack Phillips if he came to you for advice?