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Judge Orders Colorado Cake Maker to Serve Gay Couples

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by Publius
Posted December 09, 2013, 3:43 PM

CBS News Denver reports:

A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.

The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple “because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage.”

The 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.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against shop owner Jack Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission last year on behalf of Charlie Craig, 33, and David Mullins, 29. The couple was married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado.

“What the judge decided was that the baker’s religious beliefs don’t give him a right to discriminate and violate Colorado law,” Mark Silverstein with the ACLU told CBS4. . . .

In November 2013, the Federalist Society sponsored a panel discussion at its National Lawyers Convention on "Religious Liberty & Conflicting Moral Visions." Participating were:

  • Mr. Kyle Duncan, General Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Prof. William A. Galston, Ezra Zilkha Chair, Governance Studies Program, The Brookings Institution
  • Prof. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions Department of Politics, Princeton
  • Prof. Andrew M. Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

You can watch a video of the even here.

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