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Judge: Baker illegally discriminated against same-sex couple

10:07 PM, Dec 6, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A judge ruled Friday that a Lakewood baker discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to make a wedding cake for the ceremony.

In 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a cake for their wedding reception. The couple planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends in Colorado.

Cake shop owner Jack Phillips told them that because of his religious beliefs the store's policy was to deny service to customers who wished to order baked goods to celebrate a same-sex couple's wedding.

"Being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration," said Mullins in a statement. "No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are. We are grateful to have the support of our community and our state, and we hope that today's decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado."

An attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop says the baker has a right not to spread a message with which he disagrees.

"America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs. Forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression and our right to live free. If the government can take away our First Amendment freedoms, there is nothing it can't take away. We are considering our next steps."

Phillips faces a fine if he continues to discriminate against couples. 

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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