A man identified as Mr. Jack Phillips has been arraigned before a supreme court for refusing to bake cake for gay couple.
The court is to consider if shop owner, Mr. Jack Phillips, who objected to same-sex marriage based on his religious beliefs, could refuse to bake a cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins’ same-sex marriage.
Phillips, who was required to bake a wedding cake for the gay couple, stated that his constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion were violated when the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that he was under Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act.
He further stressed that he honours God through the art of decorating cakes, and that it would displease God if he were to bake a cake for a gay marriage.
“I feel that the Bible is clear — what God defines marriage as,” Phillips said. For me to violate that would be for me to rebel against God, to take what he’s designed and say it doesn’t matter. But Craig and Mullins claim they were discriminated against by the baker for his refusal to bake a cake for them,” he said.
Despite the ruling of the Appeal court, Phillips still refused to bake the cake for the couple.
Jeremy Todesco, a lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom, who appealed for Phillips on his behalf, confirmed it in a statement.
“They said you have to create cakes for same-sex couples, so he removed himself from the market. He chose to stop making wedding cakes,” he said.