Lawyers representing Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing that tolerance is a two-way street.
“Tolerance should be a two-way street. Phillips gladly serves anyone who walks into his store, but, as is customary practice for many artists, he declines opportunities to design for a variety of events and messages that conflict with his deeply held beliefs. In this case, Jack told the couple suing him he’d sell them anything in the store but just couldn’t design a custom cake celebrating their wedding because of his Christian faith,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner in a statement Thursday.
“The First Amendment protects Jack’s right to create artistic expression that is consistent with his core convictions. Individuals can support both same-sex marriage and Jack, and people should have the right to disagree on critical matters of conscience.
“The same government that can force Jack to violate his faith and conscience can force any one of us to do the same.”
Phillips, whose cakeshop has served the Colorado community for over 20 years, was found guilty by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2014 for discriminating against same-sex couple Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012, when he refused to make a cake for their wedding.
The Colorado Court of Appeals sided with the Civil Rights Commission in 2015, and the Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear Phillips’ appeal a year later.
The baker then petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the nation’s highest court announcing in June that it has agreed to hear an appeal in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.
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Source: Christian Post