Civil Rights Commission says Lakewood bakery discriminated against gay couple

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DENVER -- The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled Friday that Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood was in violation of the state's Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple.

The commission rejected the bakery's appeal of an earlier ruling by an administrative judge of unlawful discrimination.

In August 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig went to the bakery for a cake for their wedding in Massachusetts but were turned away because they’re gay. Bakery owner Jack Phillips said in 2012 he refused to make the cake because of his religious principal.

“What should have been a happy day for us turned into a humiliating and dehumanizing experience because of the way we were treated,” Mullins said. “No one should ever have to walk into a store and wonder if they will be turned away just because of who they are.”

“I’m a follower of Jesus Christ so you can say it’s a religious belief, but I believe that the Bible teaches that that’s not an OK thing,” said Phillips, who said it’s a long-standing policy and he has turned away several other gay couples for the same reason.

The commission voted unanimously for the bakery to change its policy of not serving to gay people and ordered a quarterly reporting to confirm it is not turning away customers because of their sexual orientation.

“Religious freedom is undoubtedly an important American value, but so is the right to be treated equally under the law free from discrimination,” said Amanda Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. “Everyone is free to believe what they want, but businesses like Masterpiece Cakeshop cannot treat some customers differently than others based on who they are as people.”


  • LC

    Where does it say that a private business person cannot decide whom they will sell to? This is not a discrimination matter, it is a matter of a business person deciding they cannot offer the services to the customer. There are other bakeries for goodness sakes!

  • SJ Lane

    Interesting how a business owner can fire someone for their hair cut, but they can not make their own choice on who to do business with.

  • Anonymous

    he mentioned that he would close his store if he didn’t win…does anyone know if that happened?

    • Btr2dabone

      I am waiting to see if he will stand by his word, or if his profits will be more important then his beliefs. Time will tell.

  • Simpson

    Dick Peabody and his homosexual communist friends are having a “men only” party in Dick’s bomb shelter.

    • Rene

      I definitely detect heavy homosexual undertones in all of Dick’s posts. He seems like a “reciever” as far as the pounding goes.

  • The S

    The reason conservatives are losing power is displayed in full on this board. Too many ignorant, hateful zealots. What if a company turned away people for being Christians? Flip flop much?

  • Bridges

    I find it very interesting the hate and discrimination against others in the comment section.

    What I find it most intesting is that freedom of speach, and freedom of one to not be discriminated against only applies when someone agrees with your agenda.

    Many people agree with the ruling towards the shop owner, but out of the other side of their mouths discriminate againts others that disagree.

    I believe that is called being a hypocrite.

    It seems that if one has a “progressive” undertone, it is ok to make discrimanatory statements about others that don’t share the same beliefs.

    Example of such comments agaist others are as follows “religious zealouts, Christians, homosexuals, people that live in trailer parks, conservatives, homosexual undertones (likes to be the receiver), men only parties in bomb shelters, religious people being weak minded docile fools, homosexual communist friends, gun owners, and finally homeschoolers.”

    What does homeschoolers have to do with any thing? I hope someone does not call me out becuase I attented “public” school. That would be terrible.

    I also find in funny how when somebody disagree’s they try to pick a fight about grammer, and spelling. Now that is reaching for straws.

    With these additudes are any of us really qualified to judge?

  • Dale Gross

    The Bible says that homosexuals should be killed (stoned to death?–how primitive), but we don’t condone that in this country. Why? Because we are not a theocracy based on Christianity. Where would it end? There are thousands of religions and beliefs, because people make it up as they go. When a god (or gods) comes down (or up or around) and says it, then we will all be on the same page. Fact: religion exists only in the words of men. If man would stop talking and writing about it, that would be the end of it. People worship a god who cannot speak for himself. Hmm, I wonder why.

    • Francis Gentry

      In reality, Dale, in a truly free country, it is thoroughly irrelevant what someone else wants or desires of you. They cannot under any circumstances force you to do anything for any reason at all, so long as, for the sake of public order, you are not actively taking from them their physical possessions, or depriving them of life. In a truly free country, one has the right to believe what they want, and act accordingly, even in their own business dealings. In a truly free country, one has even got the right to say whatever they wish without regard for how another person may react to it. In a truly free country, one even has the right to protect themselves using any means necessary. In a truly free country, but no longer in America. America has decided, through special interests, that people no longer have the right to decide how to conduct their own business, say what they want (now called hate speech if it disagrees with the prevailing mindset), and act according to their own beliefs in all that they do. Ergo, America has ceased to be a truly free country. The founding fathers believed in and founded a nation that protected self determination, but now we can only act on self determination if we agree with the special interests. Those who refuse to “tow the line” beware. You will be persecuted, and prosecuted.

      • Dale Gross

        So you’re saying that people should be free to discriminate against blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, gays, “convicted felons” (gasp!), midgets, dwarves, redheads, people of different political parties, people from Texas, etc.?

  • Dan Cha

    Find another bakery and get on with your life. Quit desperately trying to find other folks acceptance, of your life style, they key to your existence. Some of us don’t have to like your way to live!

    • Truth

      “Quit desperately trying to find other folks acceptance”

      they were just looking to buy a cake.

      “Some of us don’t have to like your way to live!”

      no, but i expect you to follow the law.

      • Dan Cha

        Hey control “c” then control “v” If I go somewhere and get unsatisfactory service my mission in life is not to reform the business, but take my money and go somewhere else. Believing the law is going to protect you from (unjust or just) individuals results in a fallacy of reason…copy and paste below this comment…

      • Truth

        “Hey control “c” then control “v””
        “copy and paste below this comment…””

        appear to have an issue with being quoted. why is that?

        “If I go somewhere and get unsatisfactory service”

        they didn’t get “unsatisfactory service” they got no service at all and the only reason being is who they are.

        “Believing the law is going to protect you from (unjust or just) individuals results in a fallacy of reason…”

        yes, like how believing that murder is against the law protects me from being murdered.

    • Truth

      i wonder, do you call judges, that rule in a way that you disagree with, activist judges or do you just call them judges?

  • John

    I do believe Homosexuals and lesbian’s expect Christians to be tolerant of them. however they need to be tolerant of all are accountable to GOD not me. I don’t judge you.

    • Truth

      “however they need to be tolerant of all are accountable to GOD not me. I don’t judge you.”

      i refuse to tolerate someone else’s intolerance. as i do not believe in you god it is YOU who would be doing the judging.

  • jakebrake77

    Well, that ruling certainly does infringe on a place of business posting signs “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”……..What a sad state of affairs our once great Republic has become due to liberalism!

    • Truth

      those signs are meaningless. a business does not have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.i can refuse service to you because you are drunk but not because yu are a man. or i could refuse you service because your preaching is disruptive but not because you are christian.

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