A court in Colorado said a Christian baker cannot say "no" to same-sex couples ordering wedding cakes from his family bakery.
On Thursday, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled against Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, in another gay wedding cake case. The court said Phillips' refusal to bake a wedding cake for homosexual couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012 was a violation of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), according to Fox News.
"CADA prohibits places of public accommodations from basing their refusal to serve customers on their sexual orientation," Fox quotes the court's written statement. "And Masterpiece violated Colorado's public accommodations law by refusing to create a wedding cake for Craig's and Mullins' same-sex wedding celebration."
The couple had filed a discriminatory lawsuit citing the Colorado law. The case has dragged on for a long time, Christianity Daily reports.
However, Phillips, who is a devout Christian, explained that he could not provide service to same-sex events because the practice would go against his religious beliefs. But the court's ruling said baking a wedding cake for a homosexual couple would not necessarily lead the public to think that Masterpiece supports the client's "conduct," the report details.
Phillips' legal representative from the Alliance Defending Freedom argued that the court's ruling denied their client the right to practice his fundamental freedoms.
Meanwhile, while Phillips thinks the ruling against him was "not fair," he continues to stand by his Christian beliefs. He remains firm in his decision not to make same-sex wedding cakes, the report relays.
The government will now require Phillips to make wedding cakes for gay couples and orient his staff on the CADA. Should he deny his service again to another client, the government will demand an explanation from him.
Last year, he stopped baking wedding cakes altogether. But he wishes that someday, he could resume practicing his passion without the government telling him what he can and cannot do.