DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court taking up a case about whether bakers can discriminate against same-sex couples (all times local):
A Colorado baker says that a law requiring him to make cakes for same-sex marriages amounts to taking his artistic freedom.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear Jack Phillips’ lawsuit challenging Colorado anti-discrimination laws.
The suburban Denver baker argues that he did not turn away the gay couple in 2012 because they were gay, but because their marriage violated his religious belief. Jack Phillips says that artisans cannot be compelled to produce works celebrating an event that violates the artist’s religion.
A lawyer for Jack Phillips says that he also declines to make cakes for Halloween because the holiday violates his religious belief.
About a half-dozen other artists in the wedding industry are challenging state laws requiring them to produce work for same-sex ceremonies.
A same-sex couple from Colorado that is headed to the highest court in the land says they’re flabbergasted that a Facebook message they posted five years ago has become a potential landmark case about discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Charlie Craig and David Mullins say they were deeply hurt when a suburban Denver baker refused their request for a cake to mark their 2012 wedding. The couple had married in Massachusetts but wanted a reception in Colorado, which did not allow gay marriage at the time.
Mullins said Monday that he is pleased that his 2012 Facebook post turned into a legal challenge that could affect same-sex couples everywhere.
He said that gays and lesbians “deserve to receive equal service in places of public accommodation.”
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