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Denver Baker Appeals Colorado Civil Rights Commission's Finding That He Discriminated Against Gay Couple

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Denver baker Jack Phillips has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples, reports ABC News.

In May, the CCRC rejected Phillips’ appeal of a judge’s earlier ruling that he “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” in 2012.

Phillips has said that making the cake would violate the Christian principles by which he runs his business.

Phillips' attorneys say that the decision violates the baker’s First Amendment rights.

Earlier this month we reported that a bakery in Northern Ireland could face legal action from The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland for refusing to take an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage.”

Watch a Fox News report on the Phillips case, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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  1. i love how people only ever become fervent Christians as an excuse to be exclusive, prejudiced and bigoted.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 20, 2014 2:38:04 PM


  2. So this man is appealing the appeal? He appealed a Judge's ruling, and the CCRC rejected it. Now he's appealing the CCRC ruling rejecting his appeal...

    How many iterations can this go?

    He appealed the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal of the appeal.

    CRAZY! Where does it end? He obviously has an unlimited budget for litigating as he's suckling the generous teat of the Anti-gay Institution ("family" groups of "faith").

    Does this end when he's too old, decrepit, and senile to speak?! Will there be any post-mortem appeals as well? Is that possible?

    Posted by: Ravenous | Jul 20, 2014 2:46:17 PM


  3. If this so-called Christian could show one place in his book that quoted Jesus as being against gays, I might give him a little credence. But since Jesus never said a word against gay people, and in fact was sympathetic and totally non-judgmental when he healed the centurion's companion, it's obvious Mr. Colorado is just hiding bigotry and prejudice under a veneer of religion. Either that or he's dumber than the average turkey.

    Posted by: Piet | Jul 20, 2014 3:02:43 PM


  4. Strange religion that believes their god would forbid a baker to bake a cake for a gay couple.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jul 20, 2014 3:07:14 PM


  5. So its not against his 'Christian values' to be making profits? Isn't Christian teachings against money and profiteering?

    Posted by: eric | Jul 20, 2014 3:09:37 PM


  6. @PIET, I think the idea for anti-gays is that Jesus is part of a trinity, so even if Jesus didn't say it, one of his three aspects did (his old testament self). So if Jesus is part of a trinity that DID abhor & reject gays, therefore Jesus said it.

    The church of England just publicly scolded Elton John for having the temerity to say that Jesus would be accepting of gays. The church said that he was wrong wrong wrong, without offering the passage(s).

    I think the new testament and Jesus doesn't really matter; it's all about the old testament, and specifically Leviticus 20:13.

    Christianity has applied reductionism to itself, and now ALL that matters is Leviticus 20:13, which Jesus said as Jesus is also the old testament god.

    Posted by: Anon | Jul 20, 2014 3:13:59 PM


  7. His "Christian" principles? Like, "Love Thy Neighbor"? Or is it, "Judge not, lest ye be judged"? Or maybe it's just pure hatred wrapped in so-called religious freedom...the true sign of the devil if you ask me.

    Posted by: TBD | Jul 20, 2014 3:17:29 PM


  8. His "Christian" principles? Like, "Love Thy Neighbor"? Or is it, "Judge not, lest ye be judged"? Or maybe it's just pure hatred wrapped in so-called religious freedom...the true sign of the devil if you ask me.

    Posted by: TBD | Jul 20, 2014 3:17:30 PM


  9. Dam* it people - put an end to his license to do business once and for all. No license? He can bake his bigoted cakes in his kitchen and feel the shame that discrimination bestows upon him. This man is sick. His religion is sick.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jul 20, 2014 3:22:44 PM


  10. Does he refuse service to gluttons? Because gluttony is a sin in the Bible. Actually....his bakery is an enabler of a sin. Sort of like a whorehouse enable adultery. He should shut down his shop if he is really a Chrisian.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Jul 20, 2014 3:27:34 PM


  11. When the legal proceedings are done, that better be a damn tasty cake! (though, I think I'd have someone else try it first…)

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jul 20, 2014 3:42:22 PM


  12. The photo above is quite misleading. His cakes aren't anywhere near that complicated or grand. I suppose he might make some special order, but that's not what his catalog looks like, by a long shot.

    Only one of his 30+ wedding cakes even features a couple on top.

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 20, 2014 3:45:49 PM


  13. @Anon : read the last two sentences in Leviticus: it clearly states that the book contains commandments/rules for "the children of Israel", possibly restricted to a particular time and place - something about Moses.

    It definitely does not apply to someone who is not Jewish.

    Part of the reason for all the capricious rules (no clothes made from different kinds of cloth, etc.) was to create a cultural separation from their neighbors, which was probably important at the time for creating a national/ethnic identity.

    The historical context is that Levicitus appears to have been written at the end of the Babylonian exile. Returning priests had found that those who remained where assimilating with their neighbors, worshiping the neighboring tribes' deities, etc. So the priests wanted to assert their authority - hence the "death be upon them" thing. Also when Cyrus allowed exiles to return home and reestablish their former religious customs, he wanted a report of what they were doing. Leviticus is believed to be one of those reports, hence all the details regarding rituals.


    Posted by: Bill | Jul 20, 2014 3:46:51 PM


  14. it's a bakery, not a church. he's a merchant, not a pastor.

    the bible advocates following man's law, and jesus reached out to everyone (even those who others around him felt weren't deserving).

    i'm still trying to figure out how he justifies his religianty condones his actions, or where the bible says "thou shalt not associate with one group you perceive to be a sinner, but all other sinners are ok to be around".

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 20, 2014 3:50:59 PM


  15. @Chrislam : don't know if he refuses to serve gluttons, but when the first judge ruled against him, the judge noted that his "sincerely held religious beliefs" about marriage being between a man and a woman did not get in the way of making a cake for some clown who wanted a marriage ceremony and reception for two of his dogs.

    The judge was not amused and more or less figured that "religious beliefs" were just a transparent excuse for anti-gay bigotry.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 20, 2014 3:51:39 PM


  16. @Chrislam : don't know if he refuses to serve gluttons, but when the first judge ruled against him, the judge noted that his "sincerely held religious beliefs" about marriage being between a man and a woman did not get in the way of making a cake for some clown who wanted a marriage ceremony and reception for two of his dogs.

    The judge was not amused and more or less figured that "religious beliefs" were just a transparent excuse for anti-gay bigotry.

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 20, 2014 3:51:39 PM


  17. 1 John 2:4
    Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jul 20, 2014 3:57:13 PM


  18. Seriously, his deeply held Christian beliefs mean Jack $h1tt to me.

    Actually any kind of his, whether belief/opinion/pretension/ on anything other than flour,fruit, and icing mean phuck all to me.

    Once he steps out of his house he is a baker; that's not a preacher, it's not a gardener....it's a baker.
    He should leave his self righteous smugness in his house.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 20, 2014 4:37:10 PM


  19. Watch a Fox News report on the Phillips case? I'd rather have my eyes poked out

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 20, 2014 5:12:58 PM


  20. SO BECAUSE YOU WANT TO HAVE ORAL AND ANAL SEX, WITH WHICH HE DOESN'T AGREE, HE'S WRONG? IS HE REALLY THE ONLY BAKER IN THAT TOWN??? THE ONLY ONE??? I THINK NOT!!!

    Posted by: TOLD YOU SO | Jul 20, 2014 5:25:31 PM


  21. I for one don't believe he should be forced to make a cake for gays. I do however believe he needs to post it in his front window that he won't serve gays so that we can, along with our families and friends, go somewhere else to be served.

    I think by us pushing this will come back to bite us as a whole. The religious right is using stuff like this against us. They're saying they're being forced to give up their religious rights to cater to gays. This is going to be a Hobby Lobby type situation where the Catholic Judges on the Supremes are going to rule for these freaks.

    Posted by: macmantoo | Jul 20, 2014 5:46:42 PM


  22. Does he make ALL of his customers fill-out some kind of pass-fail "Judeo-Christian Questionnaire" before agreeing to bake and sell them a cake?

    If not, then he's discriminating.

    Posted by: Lexis | Jul 20, 2014 5:49:47 PM


  23. ...he's a puppet, the groups behind assure him the hate is his right.

    ...it's not about a cake.

    Posted by: mark | Jul 20, 2014 6:17:09 PM


  24. Because cake can be gay or straight, right? If a straight man eats gay cake, does it turn him gay? If so, I want that recipe right now! I'll lure them in with a 6-pack of beer and then when they're drunk, I'll serve some of that gay cake, starting with Told You So, our new local troll.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 20, 2014 6:33:31 PM


  25. @I TOLD YOU SO, I suppose he checks with all of his customers on if the guys and gals like to give/receive head and if the ladies are willing to take it up the butt for their man? I mean, these sexual acts are very, very, very popular. There are even straight men who like to have their prostate "tickled" with a dildo DURING otherwise traditional straight sex! I know, shocking, but true. And yet, he'd bake them a cake?

    There is certainly NO passage in any part of the bibble [sic] that specifies who a baker can bake a cake for. That he can't use LARD and Milk in the same cake isn't even in there as the kosher dietary laws are not part of the bibble.

    Could this bit us on the ass, sure. Post Hobby Lobby, all bets are off. Would another ruling on that make the Supremes even more ridiculous than they already are? You betcha! Hard to believe that they've said that Corporations are People [and yet that isn't against anyone's Christian beliefs!], and then that those "people" can have religious beliefs that allows them to discriminate, even when their "beliefs" have no rational, scientific basis as in the HL case.

    These are the times we live in. Vote, speak out, we haven't won yet.

    Posted by: ben~andy | Jul 20, 2014 6:49:59 PM


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