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Court: Baker who refused gay wedding cake can't cite beliefs

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, August 13 2015 Aug 13, 2015 August 13, 2015 10:19 AM August 13, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

DENVER - The Colorado Court of Appeals says a suburban Denver baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his religious beliefs because it would lead to discrimination.

The court ruled Thursday in a case that has helped ignite a passionate debate between gay rights supporters and religious freedom advocates. Gay couples have won similar cases in other states.

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, declined to make a cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012.

Phillips' attorneys have said they would consider appealing up to the U.S. Supreme Court. They said there are bound to be more cases where businesses' religious convictions clash with gay rights after same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide.

Phillips faces fines if he refuses to make wedding cakes for gay couples.

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