Yesterday evening, a Colorado Appeals Court ruled that cake artist, Jack Phillips, could no longer withhold his services from same-sex couples. What started off as a man taking a stand for his religious freedom has triggered a influx in dissatisfied Americans who feel that the government is taking anti-discrimination policies too far.
Phillips, who believes that marriage is the union between a man and woman, refused to bake a custom made wedding cake for a gay couple. Phillips offered the couple other services, but explained that a wedding cake would go against his religious beliefs. The couple then took Phillips to court.
The court ruled that Phillip was engaged in illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation.
After the ruling, Phillips explained “The court’s ruling is not fair, it shows that some people have more equal rights than others. When you’re not in line with the same-sex agenda, you don’t have as much equal rights.”
Now under the court’s new ruling, Phillip will face penalties if he continues to refuse to bake wedding cakes for gay or lesbian couples.
“The Supreme Court has said states must treat same- sex couples as married, but that does not mean states must coerce citizens, charities, schools or businesses into violating their beliefs. Freedom should be protected for all.” stated Anderson, a senior research fellow and author of the book “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.