Another layer has unfolded for cake artist Jack Phillips. He has asked the Colorado Supreme Court to rule that the government cannot force him to bake a cake in celebration of a same-sex wedding.
In August, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Phillips and his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, must bake cakes for same-sex weddings, even though this violates Phillips’ Christian view on marriage.
“The freedom to live and work consistently with one’s faith is at the heart of what it means to be an American,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement. “Jack simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message with which he disagrees.”
The lawsuit started in 2012 when same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commision after Phillips declined to bake a cake in celebration of their wedding.
Phillips, found to have discriminated against the two men, continues a battle to defend his First Amendment rights.
“We are asking the Colorado Supreme Court to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect the people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living,” said Tedesco, who represents Phillips.
A petition filed to the Colorado Supreme Court on Friday in part states:
Phillips … honors God through his creative work by declining to use his artistic talents to design and create cakes that violate his religious beliefs … This includes cakes with offensive written messages and cakes celebrating events or ideas that violate his beliefs, including cakes celebrating Halloween, anti-American or anti-family themes, atheism, racism, or indecency …. He also will not create cakes with hateful, vulgar, or profane messages, or sell any products containing alcohol …. Consistent with this longtime practice, Phillips also will not create cakes celebrating any marriage that is contrary to biblical teaching.”
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SOURCE: The Daily Signal