A Colorado judge today determined that a Lakewood bakery unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake and has ruled that the Denver-area bakery cannot discriminate against gay people.
Last year, David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in hopes to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Mullins and Craig made plans to wed in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends in their home state of Colorado. But, due to Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs the store’s policy was to deny service to customers who wished to order baked goods to celebrate a same-sex couple’s wedding.
According to an ACLU Press Release:
“Longstanding Colorado state law prohibits public accommodations, including businesses such as Masterpiece Cakeshop, from refusing service based on factors such as race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. Mullins and Craig filed complaints with the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) contending that Masterpiece had violated this law. Earlier this year, the CCRD ruled that Phillips illegally discriminated against Mullins and Craig. Today’s decision from Judge Robert N. Spencer of the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts affirms that finding.”
CBS Denver noted that the judge’s “order says the cake-maker must ‘cease and desist from discriminating’ against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.”
Currently, there is no law supporting same-sex marriage in Colorado, but the bakery violated the state’s public accommodations laws, which exist in most states and are completely separate from same-sex marriage laws.
Watch a news report about the original incident here: