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Colorado Court Refuses to Hear Case of Christian Baker Citing Religious Beliefs

RainbowCakeThe Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Christian baker who cited his religious beliefs. The decision is letting a lower court ruling stand: the Denver bake shop owner Jack Phillips cannot cite his Christian faith when refusing service to gay couples.

The AP reported:

Phillips declined to make a cake in 2012 for Charlie Craig and David Mullins, who were married in Massachusetts and planned a celebration in Colorado. The couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which ruled in December 2013 that Phillips discriminated against them and ordered him to change his store policy against making cakes for gay weddings or face fines. The Colorado Court of Appeals also ruled against him.

Craig and Mullins were represented in their action by Ria Tabacco Mar, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Project. Tobacco said in a statement: “We all have a right to our personal beliefs, but we do not have a right to impose those beliefs on others and discriminate against them.”

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