A Wedding Cake For Fido & Fluffy But Not For Dave & Charlie?

Imagine being told that the love between you and your partner is less legitimate than a dog wedding. Or having your commitment to one another compared to pedophilia.

Stephanie Schmalz and her partner, Jeanine, wanted to order some cupcakes to celebrate their commitment ceremony. They contacted Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, but the store refused to take their order, informing the couple that they have a strict policy against selling cakes for same-sex weddings and ceremonies.

Then Stephanie tried a little experiment. She called the bakery and told the owner, Jack Phillips, that she was planning to host a wedding celebration for two dogs. She told him that the dog wedding cake would need to feed 20 people and should be decorated with the names "Roscoe" and "Buffy." Without hesitation, Phillips quoted her a price and asked how soon she needed it.

When another couple tried to place an order with Phillips, he told them he would not provide a cake for same-sex weddings, the same way he would not provide cakes for pedophiles.

Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop with Charlie's mom to sample wedding cakes, but they, too, were turned away. They decided to call Masterpiece out on its discriminatory policy. After consulting with the ACLU of Colorado and ACLU LGBT Project, they filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD), charging the bakery with violating Colorado law, which prohibits retail businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation. The subsequent CCRD investigation turned up abundant evidence supporting the couple's claim, including an admission from owner Jack Phillips that it is store policy to refuse service to gay couples for weddings or commitment ceremonies.

The CCRD officially concluded that Masterpiece Cakeshop broke the law by discriminating against Charlie and Dave, which prompted the Attorney General's office to file a formal complaint against the bakery this week, an action that will force the owners to explain themselves at a hearing in the fall.

The Masterpiece owners have claimed their policy is based on their "reading of the Word of God." But their business is not a house of worship. Colorado law allows members of the clergy to decide whom they will join in a marriage or civil union – and that's consistent with the principles of religious liberty our nation was founded on. While bakery owners are free to practice their faith and to personally oppose same-sex marriage, they cannot use those beliefs as an excuse to disrespect and discriminate against customers. The store has no more right to turn away a gay couple than to turn away an interracial couple, no matter what the owners' personal beliefs.

Masterpiece Cakeshop has willfully and repeatedly considered itself above the law when it comes to discriminating against customers. We look forward to helping Dave and Charlie prove otherwise at the upcoming hearing.

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Awesome! Great article and hope to see the justice system actually work.

Larry A. Singleton

Ever heard of the concept of taking your business elswhere? Instead of trying to ruin somebodys life because he doesn't share your beliefs? It's these types of scumsucking Liberals and the ACLUseless who are destroying our country. Read what what they've already done. Well, then again if this illiterate country was inclined to read this crap wouldn't be happening in the first place.

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Yeah Larry, Liberals and the ACLU are destroying 'Murika because we're saying "No, you can't discriminate against a certain group of people and disguise it as the Word of god". Go blow the "Help, we god fearing conservatives are being oppressed" whistle somewhere else.


Since the Colorado Constitution defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, can it be said that Colorado itself should be sued for discrimination? What about the rights of those of faith? Are they secondary to LGBT individuals? Why not simply take your business elsewhere?

Stewart Cowan @...

Larry A. Singleton is correct. How dare you fascists suppose to overrule people's conscience.


Suppose instead of a baker or florist the "christian" is a paramedic and the injured person is gay? Or a "christian" firefighter finds the house on fire belongs to a lesbian couple?

Or, turn it around: How about if a "christian" calls a plumber and the plumber is an atheist and, seeing religious materials all over the house, then refuses to provide service?


A distinction should be made between private and public ( ie the government to which all citizens should have equal rights. ). This is why public accommodation laws are wrong. The firefighter and paramedic essentially work for the state and therefore must serve all citizens equally. The plumber is private and may choose to serve only atheists (or only theists) if he wishes. (I doubt he'd stay in business very long if he did either of those things, but it should be his choice. It is proverbial that "Hard cases make bad law," and this is born out by the public accommodations law. It we originally promulgated because of the racial caste system and perhaps it we necessary at the time to break it. That was a very different setting than the present one which has numerous bakeries that would be delighted to take the money of gay couples wishing to celebrate their union. What people like the litigants and the ACLU do is valorize opponents of gay marriage making them look like advocates of religious freedom. They should take their business elsewhere and publicize why. As a straight person I would avoid doing business with the discriminatory shop, while defending their right to choose their customers, and spending my money in gay affirmative businesses. That's what liberty is.


I own a cake-shop. I make "CAKES!!!" Period.
PUT WHATEVER LABEL YOU WANT ON IT, "yourself!!!" e.g. happy birthday to:, congratulations to:,
monkey marries cat:,


Colorado judge Robert Spencer's ruling that government can force Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips to bake a gay wedding cake is a monstrous injustice -- even for those of us who are gay or lesbian and disagree with Mr. Phillips. It attacks you as well as him.

This ruling threatens your own fundamental liberties to freely exercise your political and religious beliefs, be free from forced labor, and be free from selective prosecution.

This ruling is a sure sign of an emerging totalitarian government, as evil as any fascist or communist regime. If the government can force Jack Phillips to work for anyone against his core political and religious beliefs, it can force you to do so too.

Under our fundamental social contract, the Constitution, everyone must be free to act on his or her own political and religious opinions, however unpopular (free speech and free exercise of religious beliefs are protected by the First Amendment). Yet Jack Phillips has been muzzled from acting upon his beliefs. All he did was decline to celebrate something he doesn’t believe in, while offering to bake anything else the customer wanted.

Also under the Constitution, every person is free to refuse to perform personal services for someone else (forced labor is called slavery, or involuntary servitude, and it is banned by the Thirteenth Amendment). Yet Jack Phillips is now being forced to use his artistic talents for others against his will, a grotesque case of involuntary servitude.

Finally, under the Constitution, every person must be free from selective prosecution for crimes not charged against other persons (for example, the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments require the government to follow due process of law). Yet under a gross double standard, the government charges only Phillips, a conservative religious person, for violating an obligation to serve others, while ignoring left-wingers who do the same.

For example, in New Mexico, hairstylist Antonio Darden has been praised by media for dropping Governor Susana Martinez as a client because Martinez opposes same-sex marriage. Darden and Phillips do the same thing, yet only Phillips is prosecuted.

Let’s wake up to the dangers of government intrusions on our rights and resist them.


I have to agree with Larry here to say that what these two people did was un-necessary. They can just complain and take their business elsewhere but no, they think because everyone has to accept their lifestyle and views, they are entitled to a lawsuit. Here's the deal, if a gay cake shop were to tell me they won't take my business because I'm straight, I'll just go somewhere else and find someplace who will and probably do a better job. If you go into a butcher shop own by a religious muslim you don't expect to get pork and shouldn't throw a fuss at them because you yourself eat pork. Some christians just can't accept same sex marriage yet and there's no point in torturing him and his family with this useless lawsuit. HE'S NOT THE ONLY BAKER IN TOWN. GET OVER IT PEOPLE AND GROW UP

And for RJTO: paramedics and Drs go into their jobs knowing they have to serve everyone. This man makes cake and if they were ordering a birthday cake or regular cake it probably will be ok, but the matter of fact is this man grew up for so many years thinking marriage is between man and woman and it's hard to change that mindset.


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