In Colorado, Freedom Should Mean Freedom for Everyone

It's an old tradition that a year after a couple's wedding, they eat a slice of their wedding cake.

What's less traditional?

Almost two years after getting married, sitting in court listening to legal debate about whether a bakery was allowed to discriminate against me and my husband because of the owner's religious beliefs.

This, of course, is not a hypothetical.

In July 2012, I went with my then husband-to-be Dave and my mom to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to order a cake for our wedding reception. Because same-sex marriage wasn't – and still isn't – legal in Colorado, we planned to get married in Massachusetts and then have a reception in Colorado, where we live. Before we even told the shop owner what kind of cake we wanted, he told us that because of his religious beliefs, he didn't make cakes for same-sex couples' weddings.

Dave and I ended up getting a fantastic wedding cake, baked by another baker who was horrified by the way we were treated at Masterpiece. But the reason we decided to speak out, to file a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and to end up in court today is about more than just a cake. It's about making sure that Masterpiece and other businesses don't discriminate against customers because of who they are.

I've learned that what's allowed in Colorado is very clear: Long-standing state law prohibits public accommodations, including businesses like Masterpiece Cakeshop, from refusing service on classes such as race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. Last year, an administrative judge ruled that the cakeshop had violated the law when it discriminated against my husband and me.

Tomorrow the full Civil Rights Commission will meet to either affirm or reverse that opinion. We hope they make a stand for equality and send a clear message to all Colorado businesses that freedom means freedom for all.

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Anonymous

See how degenerate fags are. They are lower than scum and just as vile.

Anonymous

I tell you what, if I owned a catering hall - which I do not - there's no way I'd rent it for a Gay wedding. It has nothing at all to do with my religious beliefs, merely my "marriage" and societal beliefs. There's no way anyone is forcing me to aid in facilitating something I am so adamantly against. And forcing people to "work" against their will - that's not "equality," that's slavery.

Anonymous

Well perhaps the ACLU can get a jewish baker to bake a cake for the Nazi Party.

Anonymous

You mean, obviously, freedom for anyone except people who disagree with you. Jack Phillips is now NOT free because of YOU. You never were a victim in this case, but now you have become the oppressor. Are you happy?

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