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Colorado Civil Rights Commission Finds Bakery Owner Discriminated Against Gay Couple

Jack phillips

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission has rejected a Denver-area bakery’s appeal of an judge’s earlier ruling that bakery owner Jack Phillips “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” last July.

The commission affirmed the prior ruling that found Phillips in violation of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. The commission also ordered a change of policy, staff training, and quarterly reporting to confirm that the bakery is not turning away customers due to sexual orientation.

Said Paula Greisen of King and Griessen LLP, which represents the gay couple as cooperating counsel with the ACLU of Colorado: “Everyone who shops in our stores and conducts business in our state should be treated with equality and dignity. That’s what this ruling was about today.”

Phillips has pledged to close his cake shop if forced to bake a gay wedding cake.

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  1. Duh!

    Posted by: elwoodl | May 30, 2014 7:02:06 PM


  2. NOM is going to intervene in this case? At least they may have a better chance here since there is a plaintiff with name.

    Posted by: simon | May 30, 2014 7:18:49 PM


  3. Where is the endless drone of concern-trolls?!

    Posted by: AlmostThere | May 30, 2014 7:24:52 PM


  4. I guess he likes hatred more than he likes money. That's his chosen lifestyle. But he's going to find out you can't pay your bills with hatred.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | May 30, 2014 7:48:31 PM


  5. Time to close up shop. #Winning

    Posted by: Patrick | May 30, 2014 7:50:14 PM


  6. Good, I'm glad he decided to close his bigoted business. Seeya!!

    Posted by: Will G. | May 30, 2014 7:50:29 PM


  7. If it were just a few idiots like hime, I'd say let it go.

    However, we could find ourselves in a position that we couldn't get a whole variety of services, or we'd have to pay more for the same services (because we'd have to go "elsewhere"). It can start with a weeding cake and end up with being unable to get kosher or halal food at a same sex wedding. Perhaps even denial of a wedding hall because the owners were threatened with losing halal or kosher certification.

    We see the rampant abuse of religious opt-out on matters of abortion.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | May 30, 2014 8:02:45 PM


  8. We will see if he's a man of his 'convictions; and actually sells or just starts making really lousy cakes.

    Posted by: JEFF YORK | May 30, 2014 8:11:48 PM


  9. Hey bigoted baker, just die off like the neandethals already!

    Posted by: Amell | May 30, 2014 8:22:28 PM


  10. A victory for gay fascists! Yay!

    Posted by: AG | May 30, 2014 8:54:50 PM


  11. Yup, he should close up the bakery shop and open a porn shop instead. At least he'd have more fun that way.

    Posted by: Tina TowleTits | May 30, 2014 8:55:17 PM


  12. Again, thank goodness this ruling was fair and just. Where does this all end? Do we return to the era of 'No Jews', 'No Blacks'? How about 'No Special-Needs People' served here. We've come a long way baby but there is a long way to go! We are just as equal as anybody else on the street. If you own a business and won't serve the public, then get out of business! And by the way, neither God nor Christ would stand by this man's decision. Religion has become an excuse to hate!

    Posted by: Randy | May 30, 2014 9:11:13 PM


  13. Oh, he is an artiste! It is against his religious beliefs to bake an artistic creation for teh gays! It would be like officiating at their wedding. God would torture him forever in hell if he were to bake that cake. It is the 11th commandment given to Moses - "Thou shalt not bake gay cakes."

    Posted by: john patrick | May 30, 2014 9:13:20 PM


  14. Please close, the sooner the better. Bigots to not belong in business!

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    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | May 30, 2014 9:35:48 PM


  15. He's gonna hold his breath until he dies.

    Posted by: Soren456 | May 30, 2014 9:48:07 PM


  16. Honey, your vicious frosting skills leave a LOT to be desired...just like your hair.

    You are not a martyr, you are a don'tr.

    Posted by: bkmn | May 30, 2014 10:42:14 PM


  17. What a crybaby. He's not being "forced to bake a gay wedding cake." .. All he has to do is not bake ANY wedding cakes. .. Then, he's not discriminating. .. And surely, he can continue to bake other things, if still wants to stay in business.

    Posted by: Retro | May 30, 2014 11:23:36 PM


  18. There wasn't actually any dispute over whether he discriminated. The only question was whether he could do so without violating state law.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | May 30, 2014 11:28:14 PM


  19. So, they have to bake cakes? Not a fan of someone pissing in the batter.

    Posted by: Caleb in SC | May 31, 2014 12:22:46 AM


  20. it's a cake store. can't be much of a close out sale. I do loe a good deal. I wonder which fab hair dresser does his mullet for him?

    Posted by: Smuggy | May 31, 2014 12:32:54 AM


  21. Needs.moar.ads.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | May 31, 2014 12:35:07 AM


  22. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Hope he goes broke

    Posted by: Stephen | May 31, 2014 1:01:20 AM


  23. How many gluttonous potential customers did he turn away? Probably NONE.

    Posted by: ChrIslam | May 31, 2014 2:09:04 AM


  24. I bet Mr Brown of NOM fame will be there to buy cakes at the end of business sale AND that he will not share with his family. LET HIM EAT CAKE!!!!

    Posted by: Mark | May 31, 2014 2:17:24 AM


  25. We need to get Kerry Vincent in there. She's not a fan of plastic pillars and fake flowers on wedding cakes.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | May 31, 2014 4:54:38 AM


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