Cake-tastrophe

GIANA SCIREMAMMANO

In July 2012, baker Jack Phillips, at Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, refused to make a cake for the wedding reception of David Mullin and Charlie Craig. A law in Colorado prohibits businesses to refuse service based on race, sex, or sexual orientation.  After being denied a wedding cake at the bakery, the couple filed discrimination charges stating that Masterpiece Cakeshop had violated this law.

After filing complaints with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, Masterpiece Cakeshop was considered to have illegally discriminated against the same sex couple. “Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love,” Mullin says.  

Phillips argues that making the wedding for a same sex couple would be going against his first amendment – freedom of expression and religious beliefs. After the couple won the civil court case, the state of Colorado said that Phillips must make any customer what they request. Instead of complying with the state’s orders, he stopped making wedding cakes for any customer that walked in the door. For many people, this raises an important question: is it fair that the government is allowed to tell a business owner what to sell and who to sell product to?  

After a victory in the Colorado Court of Appeals on August 13, 2015, Masterpiece Cakeshop appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. When the court did not hear the case, Masterpiece Cakeshop asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the case. On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court will review the decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Check out this video where Phillips states his opinion on the controversy: https://youtu.be/480nhgDr-4w

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