Denver, Colo., Jun 12, 2018 / 11:39 am
Hundreds of people attended a rally outside Masterpiece Cakeshop last week, showing support for a U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the religious freedom of the shop’s owner.
“This is a really good, solid ruling. They overturned everything the Civil Rights Commission accused us of, and it’s a good ruling for religious liberty,” shop owner Jack Phillips told CNA.
A devout Christian, Phillips declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding in 2012. He said that while he is happy to serve gay customers, he cannot support gay marriage, due to his faith. Phillips has also declined to create cakes for other themes he finds objectionable – including bachelor parties, divorce celebrations, and Halloween.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered Phillips to change his company policies and undergo anti-discrimination training.
On June 4, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Phillips. The court determined that the Civil Rights Commission had shown “elements of a clear and impermissible hostility” toward Phillips’ religious beliefs.
A line of people wrapped around the block of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado on June 8 to show their support for Phillips. They purchased cookies and cakes, and a rally was held in parking lot, where a few speakers gave a short address.
“I serve all who walk through my doors, people from all walks of life. I’ve spent many years honing my craft as a cake artist, combining baking with my love of sculpting, painting, and sketching. And I love my work because a cake is a canvas on which I express ideas, celebrate events, and bring joy to people’s lives,” said Phillips at the rally.
“The Court’s decision makes clear that tolerance is a two-way street. If we want to have freedom for ourselves, we have to extend it to others with whom we disagree about important issues like the meaning of marriage.”