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

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

 

Comments

  1. Ravenous says

    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?

  2. Piet says

    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.

  3. Anon says

    @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.

  4. TBD says

    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.

  5. TBD says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. Chrislam says

    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.

  8. BobN says

    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.

  9. Bill says

    @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.

  10. northalabama says

    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”.

  11. Bill says

    @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.

  12. Bill says

    @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.

  13. JackFknTwist says

    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.

  14. TOLD YOU SO says

    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!!!

  15. macmantoo says

    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.

  16. Lexis says

    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.

  17. johnny says

    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.

  18. ben~andy says

    @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.

  19. ben~andy says

    I wonder if he’d bake a cake for a Corporation
    s Christian Baptism? Probably. But not for a Sikh,Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc, etc, etc.

  20. JackFknTwist says

    @ BEN~ANDY :

    And can one of these people corporations refuse to bake a cake for ‘the gay’ ?

    To Bake or not to Bake. That is the question

  21. Retro says

    The simple solution here is that this baker not make ANY wedding cakes — straight or gay — that way he’s not discriminating. He can still make all kinds of other cakes.

    And if someone wants a wedding cake, all he has to do is say he’ll make them a cake, but he doesn’t want to know who or what it’s for, and he won’t put a topper or inscription on it. He can just suggest that they buy their own topper on eBay and provide them a tube of extra frosting to scribble their names on the damn thing when they pick it up.

  22. says

    This isn’t really about a cake. It’s about whether the religious should receive a special exemption from state non-discrimination law that no one else receives. The answer is no. Colorado law is clear.

    Of course, some people–and some in high places–think it’s perfectly ok to grant those exemptions (at least to Christians) but that’s not CO law. Not sure how much further he can go with this. SCOTUS turned down the NM case.

    BTW, I think the Nothern Ireland case is different if they only refused to write a specific slogan on a cake. That’s different than selling a product to everyone except someone who belongs to a group you happen not to like.

  23. Nelson says

    @MACMANTOO If you think the best strategy is to roll over on your back and expose your belly like a spaniel when kicked, I’m sure we’ll all forgive you.

    Please don’t ask us to be as weak as you are. That’s unacceptable.

  24. JEFF YORK says

    How far is this jackass going to take this? Isn’t it costing him a fortune? Wouldn’t it save him money just to stop making wedding cakes altogether?

  25. VenusNo.17 says

    @ Jeff York,

    I refer you to comment #2) by Ravenous:
    “He obviously has an unlimited budget for litigating as he’s suckling the generous teat of the Anti-gay Institution (“family” groups of “faith”).”

  26. Paul B. says

    A bigot…is a bigot…is a bigot. They can hide behind whatever it is that they think conceals them …i.e. religion…but it’s all the same thing in the end.

  27. BrokebackBob says

    Although he should be forced to comply with the law, why would you ever want a cake from this wingnut? He’d probably do something to the cake in order to get “righteous revenge” or something like that. I’d go find me a sane humane bakery. If everyone who disagreed with the baker would stop buying from him, he would go out of business and he might reconsider his discriminatory business plan.

  28. ben~andy says

    Ah @Jack-F-T….I just love it when you quote Omelet, Egg of Denmark.

    “There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreampt of in your philosophy, Jack Philips.”

    “Get thee to a nunnery. GO!” [then she kills herself]

  29. jamal49 says

    Geez. Why patronize the bigot? Take your gay dollars somewhere else if they refuse you. These days, with social media etc., it is very easy to get the word out that the prick IS a bigot and give his business enough bad reviews to put his shameless evangelical ass out of business.

  30. Lexis says

    @BrokebackBob – Probably no respectable gay would want a cake from this wingnut, but it’s the slippery slope thing. If you let him get away with it, it could lead to other consumer goods and services type business refusing to not serve or accomdate gay couples for related reasons. Give in to one business and others could say they have a right to discriminate as well. – jmho

  31. says

    Re: gay people taking their business elsewhere. Of course. Bad reviews on social media apps. Of course. Now that it’s well-known he’s a bigot no sane gay person would want his cakes.

    But that’s not the point: the point is whether the religious should get a special pass to discriminate and violate state non-discrimination law that no one else has. Bad reviews on Yelp don’t address that larger, more important question. If he is allowed to ignore state law, what’s to stop other religious business owners (or employers or public servants) from saying they should be able to opt out of state non-discrimination laws? And it the chosen few (Christians) get to opt out, what’s the point of the laws in the first place?

    Think beyond the cake.

  32. Bernie says

    What’s interesting is every time I read about this type of thing, I step back and laugh! How does making a cake impact your religious beliefs? IF you go into a business to sell a product or service, you are a public accommodation and therefore, you must abide by anti-discrimination laws and you do not get to pick and choose your customer…If you think your religion is going to affect you making cakes, taking pictures for gay people, then maybe you should not open up a business….And, why is being gay more of a sin according to the bible than murderers, gamblers, pick pockets, spouses who cheat on their spouses (again according to the bible)?

  33. Bill says

    @jamal49 : while you can put the word out on social media and that might work in Denver, what about a similar backer in a very small town in Wyoming, where the next baker is 50 miles away?

    If people can get away with using religion as an excuse to discriminate, the effect could be make it difficult for gays to live in some towns.

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