WASHINGTON (CBS) – The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips with a 7-2 decision in a wedding cake for a same-sex couple case.

Seated from left, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. … Standing behind from left, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch of the Supreme Court in 2017. (credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

It was a case that pitted gay rights against religious interests, brought by a Christian baker in Lakewood who refused to make a wedding cake for two gay men.

Jack Phillips speaks to members of the media in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 5, 2017. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Phillips said his cakes are artistic expression and that creating a cake celebrating gay marriage violates his religious beliefs.

Story Archive: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

It started back when Charlie Craig and David Mullins went into Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2012 and asked for a cake for their wedding reception. Phillips refused.

(L-R) Charlie Craig, Dave Mullins and his mother Debbie Munn stand before to supporters before entering the Supreme Court building Dec. 5, 2017. (credit: CBS)

Craig and Mullins said Phillips discriminated against them and violated their civil rights.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case in December. In their decision posted on Monday, the justices ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission didn’t maintain religious neutrality when it ruled against Phillips.

Jack Phillips (credit: CBS4)

“Today’s decision means our fight against discrimination and unfair treatment will continue,” Craig and Mullins said in a joint statement. “We have always believed that in America, you should not be turned away from a business open to the public because of who you are. We brought this case because no one should have to face the shame, embarrassment, and humiliation of being told ‘we don’t serve your kind here’ that we faced, and we will continue fighting until no one does,” the couple added.

Read the court’s complete opinion at supremecourt.gov, with the majority opinion written by Kennedy. Kagan and Breyer were the only two judges who disagreed with the ruling.

Supporters pose for a photo with Phillips on Monday after the ruling. (credit: CBS)

“The gay community needs to be treated with dignity and with respect,” said Gino Geraci, Pastor of Calvary South Denver, outside Masterpiece Cakeshop on Monday. “Discrimination of all forms is reprehensible, but as you’ll note that the courts said hostility towards religious freedom is inappropriate. Neutrality is the proper approach. And for that, I’m glad for the court’s ruling.”

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“Jack serves all customers; he simply declines to express messages or celebrate events that violate his deeply held beliefs,” the Alliance Defending Freedom, who defended Phillips, said in a statement. “Creative professionals who serve all people should be free to create art consistent with their convictions without the threat of government punishment. Government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society, yet the state of Colorado was openly antagonistic toward Jack’s religious beliefs about marriage. The court was right to condemn that. Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a society like ours. This decision makes clear that the government must respect Jack’s beliefs about marriage.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper released this statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision: “It’s against Colorado law to deny goods and services to any individual because of sexual orientation. Nothing in the narrow opinion released today by the United States Supreme Court changes that, or prevents the state from protecting LGBTQ persons from discrimination.

“While we are disappointed with the decision, we take seriously the Court’s admonition that the state must apply its laws and regulations in a manner that is neutral toward religion. We have no doubt that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission will meet that standard as they listen, respectfully, to all sides of the matters that come before it and issue decisions that uphold the protections afforded under Colorado law.”

Comments (3)
  1. Glenn Rogers says:

    It is about time some one set them down.and hickenlooper or what ever his name is will get sued if he tries to have any one arrested for not doing what they want . O well he wont be gov. much longer any way . Maybe we will get some body that is a real gov in. This time This state has gone to the dogs since he has been in.

  2. WAHJR says:

    I am ecstatic. The Supreme Court did its job today and did it well. No man or woman should be forced to do anything against their will just because somebody else feels a need for their services. This entire farce was nothing more than an attempt to weaken The Church and hurt people of faith. Discrimination may have been the gay establishments battle cry but that was all hogwash and part of a wider strategy. I certainly hope a some people learned a few lessons on who not to push around and on whom not to force their lifestyle.

  3. Should the Colorado “Civil Rights Commission” be held liable for bankrupting Phillips? If not, shouldn’t the gay couple and their backers be held responsible for restitution?

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