Denver – A baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for asame-sex couple cannot cite his religious beliefs in refusing them servicebecause it would lead to discrimination, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled onThursday.
The decision is the latest victory for gay couples, whohave won similar cases in other states. Gay rights supporters and religiousfreedom advocates have passionately debated whether individuals can cite theirbeliefs as a basis for declining to participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The US Supreme Court earlier this year legalised same-sexmarriage nationwide.In the Colorado case, Jack Phillips declined to make acake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012. They were married inMassachusetts but planned to celebrate in Colorado.
After the ruling, Phillips faces fines if he refuses to make wedding cakes for gay couples. Phillips has maintained that he has no problem serving gay people at his store but says that making a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding would violate his Christian beliefs.
His attorneys have said they would consider appealing up based Alliance Defending Freedom.
“The court is wrong to deny Jack his fundamental freedoms.”The baker has maintained that he has no problem serving gay people at his store but says that making a wedding cake for a same-sexwedding would violate his religious views.”Today is a proud day for equality and for upholdingthe law,” said Ria Mar, an attorney who argued the case for the AmericanCivil Liberties Union.
“In America, no one should be turned away from ashop or restaurant because of who they are or who they love.
“In July, a bakery in the Portland, Oregon, area that declined to make a wedding cake for a gay couple two years ago was ordered to pay $135 000 in damages.