Colorado baker faces jail time for refusal to bake same-sex wedding cakes

A baker who declined to make a wedding cake last year for a same-sex couple because it violated his religious beliefs could face jail time if he does it again, a Colorado administrative law judge warned last week.

When Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., in July 2012 and requested a wedding cake, store owner Jack Phillips said he would be happy to bake a birthday cake, a shower cake — anything but a wedding cake, according to Breitbart News.

The Colorado Constitution seems to support Phillips’ decision, defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. But Craig and Mullins said they were already married in Massachusetts, where same-sex weddings are allowed, but they wanted to celebrate the event in Colorado with friends and family.

When the baker turned down the request, the couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, claiming Phillips’ refusal violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law. Judge Robert Spencer agreed, finding Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop liable, though the judge did acknowledge the owner’s religious beliefs in his ruling, according to Breitbart, which reported:

Phillips has been a Christian for approximately 35 years, and believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. As a Christian, Phillips’ main goal in life is to be obedient to Jesus and His teachings in all aspects of his life[;] Phillips believes the Bible is the inspired word of God[;]  its commands are binding on him[;] God’s intention for marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

The judge also acknowledged that Phillips considers himself a participant to any wedding for which he bakes a cake.

“Phillips believes that if he uses his artistic talents to participate in same-sex weddings by creating a wedding cake, he will be displeasing God and acting contrary to the teachings of the Bible,” Spencer said in the ruling.

Nonetheless, the judge ordered Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop to “cease and desist from discriminating against Complainants and other same-sex couples by refusing to sell them wedding cakes or any other product Respondents would provide to heterosexual couples.”

The ruling puts Phillips on notice that he could be held criminally liable and face jail time if he refuses to bake another same-sex wedding cake.

“If the government can force you to violate your belief under the threat of a jail sentence, there is really no freedom they can’t take away,” Phillips’ attorney, Nicolle Martin, said when she and her client appeared this week on “Fox & Friends.”

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  • Dpjk76

    Time to start getting rid of some of these judges!

    • Josh

      Past time to rid the courts of a lot of these judges.

  • lovinspoonful

    He had every right to refuse to bake them a cake and they should have gone on their way and found someone who was willing to do so. It was against his religion. Case closed.

    • Bozzy Lewis

      Freedom of religion cannot mean a license to openly and legally hate and discriminate ! When will you homophobic bigots get it ?No one would tolerate a Palestinian bakery refusing to service Jews or one owned by a Neo-Nazi serving Blacks. Why is it any different for gay people ? Bigotry is bigotry ! Homosexuals can not and will not be the only minority group where it is O-K to openly discriminate against in the public forum. That is the end of the debate ! This judge gets it…and got it right !

      • Christine Ann Ramirez

        Where does it say this man has to back a cake for a gay couple? Not baking a cake for a gay couple has nothing to do with hate or discrimination dumb ass
        . You have your beliefs and I have mine.

        • Bozzy Lewis

          You are a Puerto Rican…and I do not like Puerto Ricans ! They are lazy, dirty and non-white. Therefore, I refuse to service you in my store ! See how you like it when it hits home ! Now who is all outraged and the dumb-azz ? This is an “example” you need to feel—–A-HOLE !

          • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

            Race and sexual orientation are different things.

          • Chad Dexter

            right because gays make choices to be deviants and perverts and they deserve everything they get. hope your crippled black heart sits well with you, you fool

          • linreis

            Chad…
            gays do make their choices…as far as black hearts, why don’t you point your green diseased finger at the gay men who have ruined this baker’s life…there are thousands of other bakers who would have gladly taken their money, why didn’t they just go somewhere else instead of reeking their ‘hate’ on someone whose opinion and life is different than theirs…talk about black hearts…

          • For Pete’s Sake

            You are ignorant Bozzy! You are the finest example of ignorance!

          • tmunson15

            yeah…. but you’ve got to admire him for being willing to put that ignorance on display

          • Gldngrnize

            THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BE LAZY AND DIRTY IF THEY WANT BUT THEY WOULMDMT BUY FROM THIS CREEP IN THE FIRST PLACE AND I DON’T LIKE YOU MUCH EITHER. WIPE OFF YOUR MOUTH…

          • Courtney Sneedy

            This country was founded on freedom of religion, it’s in the first amendment, read it sometime. In his religion, the Christian religion with which this country was founded on, it says homosexuality is a sin. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not, that’s the way it is.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            There is separation of church and state in this country. A lot of moronic things are labeled “sins” by the insanity of religion. People that take it this far and bring their bigotry and wickedness into the public forum are disturbed and intrinsically evil. The judge should throw his sorry ass in jail !

          • Josh

            The judge should dismiss the case, and if he sees it again, cite the couple suing the baker, for misuse of taxpayer time and money.

          • Carl Peterson

            Because you say so or based on some legal principal which I am unfamiliar with?

          • Petra Farmer

            The LAW SAYS:

            The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

            The right of public accommodation is also guaranteed to disabled citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which precludes discrimination by businesses on the basis of disability.

            In addition to the protections against discrimination provided under federal law, many states have passed their own Civil Rights Acts that provide broader protections than the Federal Civil Rights Act. For example, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on unconventional dress or sexual preference.

            In the 1960s, the Unruh Civil Rights Act was interpreted to provide broad protection from arbitrary discrimination by business owners. Cases decided during that era held that business owners could not discriminate, for example, against hippies, police officers, homosexuals, or Republicans, solely because of who they were.

          • Kelly Whaley

            Yes, there is separation of Church and State. So, why is the State telling a Christian he must do something that goes against his beliefs? If you are going to try to use the Constitution to your advantage, you should probably read it first.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            You are so blinded by your homophobia and ignorance that you do not even know the difference between right and wrong here ! Stop running around like an ass without a hole on this blog and put yourself in their shoes; (the gay couple) for a minute. You are so preoccupied with the “rights” of Christian fanatics, that you do not even see how wicked and irrational they are ! He does not have to “agree” with their choice or like it. However, he cannot practice discriminatory policies and get away with it in today’s world.This wicked disciple of the devil; (the bakery owner) has no business caring what the lifestyle of the customer is ! Since when is it his GOD appointed duty to “approve” of their marriage and condone and accept it in a commercial establishment, opened to the public ? What’s next ? A questionnaire how often customers go to Church, confession, what Church,do they pray morning, noon and night, did they ever have an abortion, do they use the morning after pill ? Are you even breathing on planet Earth in 2013 ?You are dead wrong on this and are coming off just as just another bigot !

          • Kelly Whaley

            Now I’m a homophobe and a bigot, because I don’t agree with you? Brilliant! I can’t wait to share this stupidity with my family and circle of friends. They are going to have a great laugh at your expense. As most have pointed out, but you refuse to see, you are the only one on here actively making disgusting and bigoted tirades against everyone who disagrees (which equals almost EVERYONE) with your point of view. Remind me again what a Christian zealot or a gay or a rapist or a murderer LOOKS LIKE…I think I missed your answer.

          • Chad Dexter

            i understand that its complicated for you- the bible excludes gay men and women, but you don’t believe jesus is/was a bigot, or that the bible is discriminatory. but it actually is!!! and here on earth, theological justifications for discrimination aren’t going to hold up or impress anyone. If it makes you feel better, you’re losing souls for christ in insisting that hating gays is no problem for jesus and shouldn’t be for anyone else

          • Kelly Whaley

            The only people spewing hate and using the word “hate” are those who want to jail this baker for uttering the words “no”. He never said he “hates” anyone, he simply disagrees with them. I don’t hate you, but I think your comments are misinformed and ridiculous. That’s all. You clearly feel hate for me, but the feeling isn’t mutual. I don’t have enough invested in anyone on this blog to hate. I disagree with you…that’s all.

          • Chad Dexter

            I don’t hate you either, darling!!! I’m just pointing out that not having anything “against” gay people, but insisting they accept second class citizenship *IS* an act of hate. Citing a deity for endorsement or justification doesn’t make it any different, in fact it makes it worse!!! Don’t hate you, just pointing out that

          • Kelly Whaley

            This baker won’t make an X rated cake either. So, if I asked him to make a cake with a set of breasts for my husband’s birthday and he says “no, it goes against my Christian values”, does he hate me, as well? Should I file a complaint? It is the same argument. Goes against his values.

          • Chad Dexter

            i suppose you’re one of those types who believes homosexuality is a choice. when in actuality its no more a choice than is eye color or height.. don’t be surprised when people confuse “disagreeing” with the “morality” of sexual orientation with hating someone

          • Kelly Whaley

            See, you “suppose”, which means “assume” things you know nothing about. I’m not confused, I simply deal in facts, rather than emotions. I don’t assume I know what someone else is thinking, nor what is at the core of who they are. You, on the other hand, do. Which makes you the person “confused” in this discussion.

          • Chad Dexter

            Also- Christ wins fewer and fewer souls because of people who weep with joy at the opportunity to discriminate against gays and imply that they’re making a choice to get in bed with someone of the same sex. I’m sure there are some out there eager to worship a god of justice and love. Not nearly as much for a god who condemns people for something trivial as sexuality- and sends his followers to practice discrimination based on the same characteristic

          • Kelly Whaley

            Well, that is your opinion and you are entitled to it. No one will know the answer until their time comes, so we all follow our hearts in hopes we are right at that pivotal moment.

          • Chad Dexter

            wedding cake v. novelty cake. apples/oranges try again

          • Kelly Whaley

            In your mind, but not in the mind of the baker. For the baker they are equal and both go against his beliefs.

          • Carl Peterson

            What if the baker refused to make a cake for a white woman marrying a black man because it goes against her christian values? Would that be ok too?

          • Kelly Whaley

            It seems to me, in order to act out of “hate” it would require you to have something “against” “gay people”, as you said. You don’t know what is in anyone’s heart, except your own. Just because YOU say one person “hates” another, due to their expression of free speech doesn’t make it so.

          • linreis

            You and everything you spout OFFENDS ME. How dare you declare souls are lost by following the Bible…The only souls lost are those who refuse to accept the Word…Chad, hatred has nothing to do with it, (maybe in your case, because you are so full of hate you can’t see daylight) God hates the act not the sinner, He forgives the sinner of the sin, if only they follow Him.

          • linreis

            then why didn’t they take their own ‘hate’ and their ‘rights’ to another bakery, instead of inflicting their own beliefs on him, to this point? the gays are nothing but evil minded and selfish…if they don’t get their way, EVERYbody pays. God’s words are in a book over 2000 years old…you might have heard of it, the Bible. Men who sleep with men are an abomination to Him and to those who follow Him.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            That wonderful book is trash ! It is guiding you to be evil, wicked, nasty and brainless. The Bible is a work of fiction, written by men thousands of years ago. Full of violence, contradictions, outlandish fairy tales and outright stupidity ! Any person alive today that actually believes any of that nonsense really happened and is a guideline on how to think and live in today’s world…is mentally ill and cannot be taken seriously !

          • Petra Farmer

            Let us not forget that the Bible was not written by God but by men. That being said, I am a Christian and I cannot believe my God would be such a hateful God as all of you describe here. But, that is neither here nor there. Here is the LAW:

            The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

            The right of public accommodation is also guaranteed to disabled citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which precludes discrimination by businesses on the basis of disability.

            In addition to the protections against discrimination provided under federal law, many states have passed their own Civil Rights Acts that provide broader protections than the Federal Civil Rights Act. For example, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on unconventional dress or sexual preference.

            In the 1960s, the Unruh Civil Rights Act was interpreted to provide broad protection from arbitrary discrimination by business owners. Cases decided during that era held that business owners could not discriminate, for example, against hippies, police officers, homosexuals, or Republicans, solely because of who they were.

          • John Smith

            Bozzy, you are actually showing yourself to be the intolerant one here. This bakers definition of right and wrong does not come from the recent tabloids. It comes from his deep held belief and convictions in the Lord Jesus Christ! It’s not a matter of him approving of their marriage, it’s a matter of him not wanting to participate in any aspect of that wedding. What does the year 2013 have anything to do with it? God is the same, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Forever God is God and right or wrong, will always be right or wrong!

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Once again, you are so blinded by your homophobia, hate and prejudices that you can not and will not see that it is not this “devil’s” place to judge or have to accept the lifestyle of a mere customer in a business open to the public ! The insanity of religion can not and will not be an exemption from abiding by the anti-discrimination laws of this country. Do you want to live in a Christian Iran ? Where fundamentalist religious fanatics can hijack the country and government and do as they please in the name of some conjured-up God and declare it “religious freedom ?” Do you get it now,or are you just hopeless ?

          • Petra Farmer

            Then the baker should bake out of his church and sell to only his fellow congregants.

          • Petra Farmer

            He is not operating his bakery out of a church. The LAW SAYS:

            The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

            The right of public accommodation is also guaranteed to disabled citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which precludes discrimination by businesses on the basis of disability.

            In addition to the protections against discrimination provided under federal law, many states have passed their own Civil Rights Acts that provide broader protections than the Federal Civil Rights Act. For example, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on unconventional dress or sexual preference.

            In the 1960s, the Unruh Civil Rights Act was interpreted to provide broad protection from arbitrary discrimination by business owners. Cases decided during that era held that business owners could not discriminate, for example, against hippies, police officers, homosexuals, or Republicans, solely because of who they were.

          • EBounding

            Will you answer my question? I’m sincerely eager to hear your response:

            Why do you want the State to jail people you don’t agree with? Isn’t that what the Nazis did?

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            By the same token as “there”s a separation of church and staye in this country”, there is also a rught to keep and bear arms, but you liberals are trying to take that right away. You only stand up for the rights YOU agree with.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Just what we need in America in the 21-st century…..more guns ! We have the highest murder rate and highest number per capita of guns than any other country in the industrialized world. The solution of the sick-o right wing Tea Party lunatics ? The right to bear arms…someone might try and pick-pocket me in the mall, I’ll blow their brains out, it is my constitutional right ! This is not the wild, wild west of the 1800′s !

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            Like I said, you only stand up for the rights YOU personally agree with.

          • linreis

            and if you want to talk capita and stats, lets look at those ‘gun free’ zones of Chicago and Detroit, and NYC…those stats are coming from gun free zones, not the areas where guns are allowed and used for protection…Yet, you would see our country completely taken over by ‘gun free zones’? whose the moron…BTW, I think you are the only one in the world believes its a constitutional right to ‘blow someone’s brains out’ as you put it…

          • John Smith

            Actually, the more legally held guns in a State or County, the less crimes and murders there are. The right to bear arms was to protect us from an out of control government. Also, to protect us from crazy lunatic progressive’s like you, who unfortunately have the right to vote…..

          • Bozzy Lewis

            You really are a WHOLE HOLE ! What are you going to do with your “guns” in 2013, shoot-up the government because it is too liberal or socialist ? People like you are living in a “time-warp” , and ultra right wing lunatics would be hysterical,,,if not so dangerous !

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            What will we do with our guns in 2013? We will protect ourselves from criminals with guns, criminals will always have guns, banning them won’t stop that. We will also target shoot for sport and fun. It is fun! We also can hunt for food, deer meat tastes really good! Don’t like guns?, don’t get one.

          • linreis

            that separation clause is to keep government the hell out of religion…breathe in, bozzy, breathe out…

          • Petra Farmer

            But the LAW SAYS

            The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

            The right of public accommodation is also guaranteed to disabled citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which precludes discrimination by businesses on the basis of disability.

            In addition to the protections against discrimination provided under federal law, many states have passed their own Civil Rights Acts that provide broader protections than the Federal Civil Rights Act. For example, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on unconventional dress or sexual preference.

            In the 1960s, the Unruh Civil Rights Act was interpreted to provide broad protection from arbitrary discrimination by business owners. Cases decided during that era held that business owners could not discriminate, for example, against hippies, police officers, homosexuals, or Republicans, solely because of who they were. :

          • linreis

            being Puerto Rican is not a choice, its a race…bozzy, you are so far wrong you couldn’t be any more. I’m amazed at the fact you can breathe without reminders. I bet you have sticky notes on your fridge: ‘breathe in….breathe out’.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            That was an egregious example…meant purposely to be ignorant, vicious and vile,…just like you and the person it was directed at. How dumb are you ? That gets the message across and hits home for other vile bigots that think it is just fine to discriminate…as long as it is not their group that is being targeted ! You are really a WHOLE HOLE !

        • Bozzy Lewis

          You are clueless ! You deserve to be put just in their position. Refused service, at say the salon, because the owner does not accept Hispanics, she doesn’t like them and their hair is too coarse and wiry for her to fuss with. How would you feel ? That is the problem…you do not think and do not place yourself in the shoes of others !

          • For Pete’s Sake

            I would go find some other place to have my hair done! Not whine like a jerk!

          • Fritzz Ezz

            I go to another business and tell my friends and associates that they would not serve me.

          • Kelly Whaley

            Exactly! It seems to me, the other thing that will come out of this is a bakery that caters to the gay community.

          • llotter

            My guess would be that a bakery that caters to the gay community starts off by alienating a lot of potential customers. Good luck with that.

          • Theresa Easley

            Actually, I think he will keep standing his ground and I hope he does. He shouldn’t be forced to go against his beliefs. They could have very easily gone to a different bakery. I feel like a lot of these gay couples purposely seek out Christian businesses just so they can complain and get them in trouble.

          • Chad Dexter

            christain businesses deserve to get in trouble. to expose how loving the god of the bible isn’t

          • Jacki Smith

            He is a loving God, but He also can be a very strict parent when we choose to disobey His commands. Just look at Sodom and Gomorrah. He can discipline with a heavy hand when needed.

          • Chad Dexter

            if its something over something as trivial as sexuality, then that’s not a god I would *want* to worship.

          • linreis

            Chad, you think your Dad is proud of that comment? Lets look at you: full of hate for anyone that has a belief that is different than yours…I bet your neighbors relish the fact that a bigot like you lives next to them…BTW: God loves those who follow, He will send the rest to hell…so the loving God depends on you…

          • Chad Dexter

            i’m not full of hate for anyone. I just wish Christians would stop calling their deity of choice a god of love when clearly discriminating against gays is something that’s inspired by said deity. just be honest about who/what you’re worshiping

          • linreis

            sounds reasonable. You know this baker and others have also refused to do XXX adult cakes as well…I just don’t see anything but ‘hate’ from these gays…

          • David Reedy

            You are the very zealoit and extremist you are suggesting you are against. Okay, let’s pretend “religion” is wrong for whatever reason. Who are you, and on what authority do you act, to tell me, whom I must do business with in my own business? What if I ran my business from home? So, you’re are saying that some fuzzy sentimental notion of “equality” is greater than individual freedom. I also saw you advocate “a new world order” in one of your tirades, something advocated by countless politicians who utilize warfare, politics, economic manipulation and many forms of tyranny and dishonesty to achieve their–what the CFR calls “new socialist order”. You’re a sick one, and an enemy of freedom and of continued Constitutional protections. While we can go around in circles all days about the validity of any one or all religions–it’s easy to see that you really don’t have ANY principle in which to stand upon excepting perhaps for your own adoration of some form of Marxism.

          • Gldngrnize

            ITS THEIR CHOICE TO GO WHERE THE GET THE BEST SERVICE FOR THEIR ETHNICITY

          • Courtney Sneedy

            Um, most normal people who were told by a business that they will not be served based on race would find another beauty shop to go to, not waste their time harassing the store owner over it. Why would you even WANT to force someone you know is against your marriage to make your wedding cake? I would much rather have someone be up front with me about the way they felt so I can take my money and support a business who is in support of who I am. But, as usual, for today’s homosexual, no, that’s not ok, you have to ruin someone’s life because what you are doing is against their religious beliefs. Let me put it to you in a way hopefully (if you’re not too retarded) you will hopefully understand. What if you owned a business and let’s say, someone from the KKK, who hates homosexuals, came in and asked you to provide a service for one of their events. You tell them no because what they are doing is against your morals and belief system. So, in return, the KKK, a group who HATES homosexuals, is now going to sue you for being a bigot towards them. Do you get it now? And, the KKK, as disgusting as they are, DO have the right to hold rally’s and such under the Freedom of Speech.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Are you just plain old brain-dead ? KKK members are hated and despised because they are intrinsically evil and advocate violence and hate. No one is on their side, unless they are bigots and like-minded, and this is thankfully a small minority of twisted people. Why do you think gays have come so far and made such progress socially in the last 20 years or so ? Good, successful, well educated and fair minded straight people do not see them as “sinners”, evil, pervert, corrupt or any of those other religiously fueled lies the right wing tries to propagate. They helped them get equality, dignity and respect. Much like the white freedom riders did in the 1960′s when they went down South in buses to fight against segregation. And do not talk this “sin” trash…you just sound dumb and brain-washed. Slavery was supported by the Church and the Bible. To speak out against it was deemed a sin ! It was the status-quo and law of the land. The economy depended on it for cheap labor in agriculture and industry. Blacks were seen as property, not fully human, more like work animals that religion taught God put on Earth to work hard and serve the master. So, do not talk to me about the insanity of religion and how this and that is a sin. Christians are good at picking what “sins” they like to target as so licentious and wrong and leaving the ones out that they may partake in like divorce, adultery, thievery, greed, masturbation-whatever !

          • linreis

            gays have come far…and now they are full of hate and revenge for those who simply do not agree with them…that isn’t dignity or respect they are earning in this case, its fear of having one’s entire livelihood taken away because of their hate and spite…not something to be proud of I’d say…Your analogy of the KKK: way off base, you are confused with racism and a lifestyle…

          • Bozzy Lewis

            You really are brainless ! Just exactly what is a “life-style” in your world ? Is heterosexuality a lifestyle ? It was only in 1967 that interracial marriages became legal in the South. Was a married couple, a black man and white woman practicing a “lifestyle” that made their relationship so abhorrent, it had to be illegal ? There is NO difference here…hate and bigotry are the same. How do all you conservative rotten apples not see this simple fact ?

          • RobbieSDA

            They were not turned away completely. Only for a marriage cake. And then only because that involves behavior that is not consistent with his faith. Not the same at all as not serving someone of a particular nationality, et al. Get a clue.

          • linreis

            being Hispanic is not a lifestyle choice…before you spout you should learn facts…

        • Petra Farmer

          The law says so :

          The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

          The right of public accommodation is also guaranteed to disabled citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which precludes discrimination by businesses on the basis of disability.

          In addition to the protections against discrimination provided under federal law, many states have passed their own Civil Rights Acts that provide broader protections than the Federal Civil Rights Act. For example, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on unconventional dress or sexual preference.

          In the 1960s, the Unruh Civil Rights Act was interpreted to provide broad protection from arbitrary discrimination by business owners. Cases decided during that era held that business owners could not discriminate, for example, against hippies, police officers, homosexuals, or Republicans, solely because of who they were.

      • fusco

        It’s all about you and only you we’re talking about the government interfering with a private business .

        • Bozzy Lewis

          And when wicked religious fanatics want all abortions made illegal, interfere with clinics and throw acid in doctors faces, demand birth control be illegal, want contraception outlawed, and want to stick their big noses in the bedrooms of consenting adults…..this is perfectly O-K in your twisted world, right ?f

          • David Reedy

            I don’t agree with the fanatics… But hey, if what goes on in your bedroom is nobody’s business, why do so many who spout off like you do, want me to pay for your birth control–that pretty much makes it my business, my ignorant hypocritical friend!

          • Dpjk76

            gays do not need birth control they cannot procreate. I do believe there is a reason for that.

          • Chad Dexter

            the love of christ clearly shines through you via the holy spirit!!! also: gays keep popping up despite the fact that they can’t procreate!!!

          • linreis

            doesn’t that tell you that gays are not born, they are created not by a blessed union, but by choice…

          • Josh

            There are just as many gay rights types, and abortion rights types who do and will attack innocent people, in many of the very same and no less violent ways, just because the people they choose to attack are assumed to disagree with them. Too many people who cheer on homosexuality, and cheer for abortion rights automatically, and ignorantly label those who don’t agree with them, as being evil and such. Too many times, many people get attacked by glaad, and abortionists, not because they oppose them, but just because they don’t automatically pander to them.

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            LMAO, Christians are wicked, but you stand up for MURDERING BABIES. That’s just twisted.

      • patriot1742

        NO you are putting your personal preference above existing law – the judge is violating the constitution of Colorado and should be removed from office.

        • Bozzy Lewis

          Does anyone else out there have a problem with his guy bringing his religious beliefs into public business ? He is a bakey owner…not a pastor ! I could see if he were a pastor in a Church, and the couple came Iooking to be married….and were turned away. However, why should he care who a customer is marrying ? It is just other example of religious fanatics trying to impose their morality on the rest of us. It is repulsive !Just looking at the face of the owner on a video, I see a wicked an evil man ! Those that are religious fanatics often look wretched like Pat Robertson and are actually doing the Devil’s work !….OH YES

          • awakeawareomshanti

            no, YOU are the one who is trying to FORCE people to do something THEY DON”T WANT TO DO. YOU are the Nazi.

          • threebarrs

            Gay couples are going after churches and pastors too! Take a valium or some prozak and relax a little… and quit spewing your vindictivness for a while. Oh, and it’s HIS bakery and HIS business, which at least for now he should have the right to run as he sees fit.

          • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

            Why should he give up his convictions? You don’t?

          • For Pete’s Sake

            It is his business and the US Constitution says that he can do anything that he darn well pleases with it without interference from Uncle Sam! Ca-piece Bozzy?

          • Kelly Whaley

            Many businesses reserve the right to refuse service and they don’t have to tell you why. You said that these business owners are “doing the Devil’s work”, an opinion which you have the right to express. However, what puts your opinion above their Christian beliefs?

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Because it is always these holier than thou “wonderful” Christians that think it is their place to judge people and disrespect them. Their mission is to vilify and disadvantage people at every turn. They are the ones promoting hate, prejudice and bigotry ! They are the wretched ones here…and you know it !

          • Kelly Whaley

            Actually, all of your posts sound “holier than thou”, they just sound like people expressing their right to refuse service. That’s what I “know”.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Just look at that fanatic in the video ! The bakery owner;he looks mean, evil and wretched ! All those “drunk-on-religion” zealots have a look…a nasty one, like Pat Roberts or Fred Phelps. They are not normal, thrive on hate and are dangerous to the civil liberties of all that do not believe the trash they do. How do you not see this ? Unless you are one of them, a brain-washed monster and vile hate-monger, too ?

          • Kelly Whaley

            Now you’ve proven you are a complete idiot. They “look” like what? Tell me, what does a homosexual “look” like? Or an atheist? How about a rapist or murderer? Your argument just went south. Get out before you embarrass yourself any further.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            If he looks “normal” to you on the video….you are hopeless !

          • Kelly Whaley

            If you think you know what people have in their hearts, based on how they look, you are an mindless idiot.

          • Terry Poupart

            Wow Bozzy! So much hate and bigotry, so llittle time.

          • Courtney Sneedy

            You’re crazy, lol. This guy isn’t on television carrying on about how he hates homosexuals or picketing events with signs saying “god hates fags” he refused to make a cake . Not everyone is going to agree with homosexuality, and you cannot, no matter how hard you try, get people who think homosexuality is wrong to change their minds. YOU are the one being vile, nasty and hateful here, ripping on people who did nothing to you

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Are you Fred Phelps’ illegitimate daughter….Courtney Phelps ? Thought so !

          • Fritzz Ezz

            It does not matter if they are holier than thou Christians. They have free will to do as they please as you do. You nor I have the right to force anyone to do anything against there will. I’ll protect your right to be a homo, as I will protect his to be a christian.

          • David Reedy

            Agreeing with Kelly. You clearly think yourself better than anyone who disagrees with your beliefs on sexuality, marriage, religion, business practices, private property, persona and behaviors of the devil, prejudice, equality, freedom, etc. I’ve met many piece of crap “Christians” out their–but I’ve met just enough, at least, to take their company, their word, their presence and integrity much more seriously than you. Your Bible is probably something
            equitable to writings by Marx and/or Alinsky. Even if ,it turns out there is no God, I stand by those who would admire, emulate, and try to please an idea of a perfect being, long before someone like you who clearly has problems with individual freedoms, unifying mores, basic family structure, and quite likely your very own sexual practices and relationships with others. You are grossly overcompensating for something sinister about yourself with your tirades against others who have qualities you resent (which mirror what exactly, in yourself I wonder)? I can play this trolling game, too “Bozzy” except I can cite and quote many various ancient religions and philosophies, contemporary and present thinkers and politics, as well as most basic psychological principles. I have seen only a repeat of the same verbiage spill out of your proverbial mouth again and again, and it is only to call those who disagree with your ideologies–or lack thereof–as evil bigots, while clearly, yourself, not even trying to understand an opposing view or any evidence backing it–so not only are you against religion, but you’re also against scientific reason. The only conclusion is that, for your extreme hatred, fear, and self-loathing, you might want to consider therapy, meditation, and perhaps some prayer, while doing some readings about freedom, liberty, individual responsibility, and Constitutional principles.

          • linreis

            the baker and just about anyone else I’ve ever seen are not judging from a religious point. the gays are earning the disrespect in the way they handled the situation: having a legal battle over a cake someone else could have baked for them…they are the ones who are hate filled, and are bigots against anyone who doesn’t want to honor their lifestyle choices…to use your own words, the gay’s mission here is to completely take down the baker, ruin his life because of a pound of flour and some frosting…that seems pretty villainous to me…you use the term ‘holier than thou’ when its you who are placing your own opinions above anyone elses…you are ranting that we must agree with you or else! We don’t..

          • David Reedy

            And explain to me, please, through all of your diatribe, how it is that YOU are not somehow trying to “impose” your “morality on the rest of us”???

          • Lisa Brewer Watkins

            Thank you David!

          • patriot1742

            The problem is that you are a HATER – this man actually has things he believes in enough to stand for them. You on the other hand do nothing but vomit your hate for others that you do not agree with. You are the problem. Open a business and do whatever.

          • Josh

            If you operate your own business, you schmuck, you have all the rights in the constitution, to display and to convey your beliefs, while in your business. Just because you operate a business, that intends to cater to the general public, that does not bar you from conveying your beliefs, whether social, political, or otherwise. If you run a business, and you want to, in your business, display a cross, you deserve the right to. If you run a business, and you want to display the koran, you deserve the right to. If a average citizen enters your establishment(of their own free will), and they do not like the appearance, then they have a choice to make,”tolerate the art and displays in the store, or not enter or do business with the store”. This baker deserves to feel happy and secure in his business, no less than any potential customer who enters, who deserves to feel secure in the store. If the baker believes in Christ, and believes it to be wrong, for him to serve some, who choose to live alternatively to him, then he deserves the right and ability to refuse service to them. If they deserve protection from violence, and blind discrimination, then he deserves no less the same

          • Bozzy Lewis

            You are so blinded by your homophobia and ignorance that you do not even know the difference between right and wrong or hate and fanaticism here ! Stop running around like an ass without a hole and put yourself in their shoes (the gay couple) for once ! This wicked disciple of the devil (the bakery owner) has no business caring what the lifestyle of the customer is ! Since when is it his GOD appointed duty to “approve” of their marriage and condone and accept it in a commercial establishment, opened to the public ? You are dead wrong on this and just as vile and wicked as that religious nut-job is !

          • Kenneth Clark

            You and the ones you seemingly support often twist words in an attempt to convince people you support the law and they don’t. You have stated this man owns a Public business. He does not. He owns a private business.
            Public is defined in legal realms as a business ran by a government entity, financed by the Public for the Public good.
            This man owns a Private Business financed by he and his partners, if any, and has the absolute RIGHT to serve whom he will. He is not nor should he ever be required to serve every one who happens to come through his door. He does not own a Public Business nor does he operate his Private Business on Public (Government) Property.

            The best thing these people could have done is to have Transported or had shipped a cake to their celebration.

            The Judge is wrong in this instance and if appealed to the proper courts would and should be directed to reverse this decission and dismiss the suit in its entirety.

          • linreis

            pretty obvious bozzy, your gay people are forcing pastors to marry them too…that sounds like the devil’s work. If you are against morality, the devil already owns your soul…which explains a lot about you.

      • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

        He was willing to make any other kind of cake. Colorado doesn’t even recognize same sex marriage why should he? Why don’t gay people support other gays by doing business with them? Are they discriminating against them? What about the First Amendment rights of businessmen? Do the rights of gays override his rights? In Amerika they seem to.

      • For Pete’s Sake

        If this person owns their own bakery they have the right not to serve anyone they choose and they don’t even have to give a reason! They have the right to burn the business to the ground if they want to! If you as a homosexual do not like it, then open your own business or find one where your gay buddies own and operate it and do business with them. You also have those rights!This is supposed to be a free country and as such you have the freedom to do business in some other store or even in some other country if you so choose!

        • Bozzy Lewis

          Now you can commit arson-burn your store (or house) down, and take the entire block with it ? You are brainless and dangerous !

          • Terry Poupart

            Bozzy Lewis you are brainless and dangerous !

          • For Pete’s Sake

            No Bozzy, you are the one who is brainless. You can have the fire department standing by and yes you can actually burn your store to the ground under safe conditions if you so choose! That is legal so long as you do not try to file an insurance claim against it. That would be fraud! This is not the point Bozzy! The point is that we as citizens of this country have the right not to serve a person in our own, personally owned business if we so choose! Our founding fathers gave us this right in our countries constitution. The only way that we give up this right is if we allow anyone to take it from us! Some or any political bully such as this Colorado judge. This judge may not agree with the business owners and he may not like what they have done, but he has no right to punish them for it! He is required to uphold the constitution and do his job! Even if you don’t like it or even if the world doesn’t like it!

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Quit running around like an ass without a hole….and get the point ! He has the right only to refuse service to a customer or customers in his establishment for a valid reason. Like someone coming in with no shoes and shirt. This is a health-code violation ! This is America, we have anti-discrimination laws. They cannot apply to any minority group except gays in this day and age ! This “Satan” can not pick and choose who he likes and will serve in a business serving the public based on his irrelevant religious convictions in the public forum. Today, gays and lesbians. Tomorrow all disabled people, next week, Muslims in full garb. Later, all Jews with a yamaka. Where does it end ? Why do you think the judge sided with the gay couple in this case ? Are you too dense to grasp the concept and comprehend the motives here why he is so wrong and such a turn-off to most ?

      • EBounding

        You know what you (ironically) have in common with the Nazis? You support State sanctioned violence to jail people you don’t agree with.

      • Tamara Jones

        It is a sin to be gay…just because I follow what God says doesn’t mean we are haters…t is a filthy way if life and its not natural for the same sex to be attracted to each other…Satan is the cause of
        This….its wrong wrong wrong…

        • Bozzy Lewis

          You are a sick and mentally ill fanatic that is living in a fantasy world of stupidity, lies, deceit and hate ! I feel sorry for you….you call people “filthy” ? You are the vile religious zealot that most people hate. Mindless, brain-washed and full of scorn for anything and everything you do not identify with. Someone like you is a dangerous dreg ! This is exactly why most Americans despise “drunk-on-religion” hypocrites that are rotten to the core and think it is their place to judge, ridicule and disrespect others. Gays are consenting adults and tax paying citizens. You are….filthy (in the heart and mind);and should rot in hell !

      • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

        Alright, so next are you going to start making Jews and muslims serve bacon in their shops? If Christians have to make cake for gays, then shouldn’t muslims make meat that pleases everybody? Muslims can’t only make what their religion believes in right?

        • Bozzy Lewis

          WRONG ! What the hell does dietary law have to do with not disrespecting people and discriminating against them in a commercial venue, open to the public ? You obviously have run out of analogies that make any sense and are grasping at straws !

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            My point is, it’s his store, and he can run it how his religion sees fit, you don’t get what you want at one store, you go on to the next. Same as any store, if they don’t sell pork at a shop run by muslims, go to another store. That couple was being petty.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            With that moronic logic, Blacks down South in the 1960′s should have just accepted the “Whites Only” culture at lunch counters, and went happily to their “Coloreds Only” one ! Are you just dense or so full of ignorance and hate that you simply cannot see discrimination and bigotry are vile, no matter who is the object of its agenda ? Only a moron would say race and sexual orientation are different. Homosexuality is a “lifestyle” and therefore it’s acceptable to treat them in a disadvantaged way. People today will not buy into that form of blind and willful ignorance. Religion is a big part of it ! We can not and will not as a society allow the insanity of religious doctrine color our principles and allow it to interfere with social justice.

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            I am not dense or full of hate. I also don’t care what gay people do, but at the same time I will stand up for any ones right being taken away. We have freedom of religion in America, I’d like it to stay that way. Like I said in another post, you libs just want to pick and choose what rights to stand up for and what rights to fight against. You want to ban guns and religion, because that’s what you don’t like. Let me throw one of your motos back at ya. “don’t like religion, don’t get religion. don’t like guns, don’t get a gun.”

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Just exactly what rights are being denied religious fanatics here ? Is his Church or Temple shuttered, is his religion banned ? These are things that happened in Nazi Germany and Russia in history. His “rights” can not include legislated and sanctioned discrimination and bigotry against another group he simply does not like, has deemed licentious or sinful….whether you or he like it or not ! Recently, in Egypt, Muslim extremists stormed and looted Coptic Christian Churches and burned at least 12 of them to the ground. Why ? Because the insanity and intolerance is full of violence and evilness, that’s why ! We cannot and will not allow fanatics to do as they please and become discriminatory in the name of any religion. Religion is man-made myth, based on superstitions, guilt, fear, and ignorance !

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            Did you really just defend how the muslim extremist stormed and looted Christian churches in Egypt? THAT”S ACCEPTABLE to you. Now I KNOW you’re bat ass crazy!!!! omgosh, hahaha

          • Bozzy Lewis

            Are you plain old dumb, or just can not read ? I defend no religion when the result is hate, discrimination or bigotry…no less violence and worse ! What about my clear message does not express that ?

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            You keep talking about hate, but I can honestly say, you are the most hate filled person I have ever had the displeasure to come across.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            I am a good, kind and decent person. However, on this subject, I become very petulant and even irate ! People like you need STRONG LANGUAGE where they actually believe the discriminatory practices of bigotry are just fine, as long as it is religiously based hate ! It is what it is….I sure bet if someone tried to take something from you or treat you like a third class citizen, you would not like it and be the first to SCREAM…..how date you !

      • RobbieSDA

        The difference as I see it is behavior. And not wishing to participate in something, whatever the reason, is not hate. And we should discriminate all the time. We do with almost any decision we make. Can I afford this or that, is this better for me than that, does this violate my religious convictions or not. The reality is that one persons inclination should not and can not force another.

        • Bozzy Lewis

          Heterosexual activity is also “Behavior !” You are so blinded by your homophobia and ignorance that you do not even know the difference between right and wrong or hate and fanaticism here ! Stop running around like an ass without a hole and put yourself in their shoes (the gay couple) for once ! This wicked disciple of the devil (the bakery owner) has no business caring what the lifestyle of the customer is ! Since when is it his GOD appointed duty to “approve” of their marriage and condone and accept it in a commercial establishment, opened to the public ? You are dead wrong on this and just as vile and wicked as that religious nut-job is !…..OH YES.

      • Robert Ricketts

        homophobic??? fear of homosexuals??? Is anyone???

      • linreis

        you don’t ‘get it’ or have it right…there is no bigotry, no ‘homophobic’, there is the RIGHT of a man to follow his beliefs…or there used to be. You and your socialist anti moral BS should be ashamed. when did gaydom become a civil right, it is NOT, it is a choice and the very fact those who choose it INSIST on making every one else swallow their crap is a big reason why there is ‘homophobic’ people. there are a thousands of bakeries willing to bake a cake for these two, but they chose to inflict harm on this one, because of their OWN hate…who is the haters here?

      • John Smith

        Like this bakery is the only bakery in Colorado. Go find another bakery and stop stepping on this mans religious convictions! The gay couple are actually the ones being intolerant by not just finding a bakery that would be more than happy to bake a cake for them. This has nothing to do with him being homophobic, it has everything to do with him having convictions…

        • Bozzy Lewis

          Convictions ? He looks like the Devil and drunk-on-religion fanatics like him can not be allowed to turn this country into a fundamentalist state like Iran….a Christian one where the ideas of ignorance, hate, fear, and oppression are state sponsored and sanctioned. The only difference ? They are dangerous Islamic extremists and he is a Christian one. The religion has nothing to do with it, it is the mindset of intolerance, backwardness, evilness that all is the same in any religion taken too seriously ! THE END.

    • Bozzy Lewis

      Religion taken too seriously is for the mindless, brain-washed and wicked ! What kind of valid religion would teach followers to hate and what type of lunatic would take The Bible literally ? That is the problem…these people are mean-spirited fanatics and want to impose their “morality” on the rest of us !

      • Kelly Whaley

        Actually this man isn’t imposing his morality on anyone, but he is being told he has to accept someone else’s. How does that work? Not very well.

        • Bozzy Lewis

          How would you like it if some store owner told you: “NO IRISH MICKS SERVED HERE…OUT !” You would be outraged and hurt. This happened to the Irish at the turn of the 20-th century here. You never experienced it, so it’s perfectly O-K for religious fanatics to pull this garbage on gay people, as long as it’s not you or your group. Right ?

          • Kelly Whaley

            That didn’t work with you Puerto Rican comment and I’m not Irish, so have at it. No one said they couldn’t have a cake, they simply said a wedding cake. Just because you don’t share their beliefs, doesn’t make them wrong and you right. Your comments have been much more hateful than anything that man said.

          • Bozzy Lewis

            The Puerto Rican comment was purposely done to be rude, ignorant and mean…to bring it home ! All these people in denial, saying the message is not hurtful or discriminatory in any way. Oh sure…it’s complimentary and good for self esteem to be rejected and turned away like that. Let her (and you) feel this bigotry where it hurts…in your own backyard. I can guarantee to, you will not like it one bit !

          • Kelly Whaley

            You need to stop listening to the voices in your head. NO ONE SAID THAT! What they said was the business owner has the right to refuse service to anyone and the courts don’t have the right to tell them who to serve. You are right, I’ve been refused service for being American. I didn’t like it. You know what I did, I took my money to a different store, like a normal person! No complaints, just moved on and told friends and family what happened.

          • Theresa Easley

            If someone told me they wouldn’t serve me I would just go somewhere else. That simple. I’m not out to get anyone in trouble.

      • Jennifer Williams

        Bozzy, are you not imposing your morality on the rest of us?

        I’m offended! To
        cover acts of treachery in the cloak of offense is the most belligerent
        intolerance that faces humanity. Does my
        offense carry the same weight and gravitas as your offense? I’m a Christian, and if that offends you, go
        on your merry way with your offense.
        Sin is sin, no sin, in God’s eyes is greater than the other. I’m not asking you to agree with me, to believe what I believe. I’m asking that
        you allow me to have my beliefs in spite of your offense.
        In the same turn, those of us who are believers,
        are told, you can believe, but you must not display that faith in public. You must sit silently, behind closed doors,and practice the tenants of your values, for we cannot allow you to offend
        others.

        It’s a circular reference without a solution. You cannot say that your right not to believe
        is trumped by another’s right to. No one
        has a right to not be offended; no one has the right to cleanse the space
        around them of things they cannot tolerate.
        They only have the right to not follow in those beliefs.

        Somehow, over the years, all people have lost their way. We are human; we all need the same
        basic things to survive in this world.
        We all love and want to be loved.
        We all feel and hurt. We’ve lost our
        way by demanding we be right, number one.
        We all learn in different ways, and faith and religion is no different. We all choose what resonates within our soul. It does not mean that
        your way is the best for all, it is only best for you.

        So, yes, I’m offended, does that mean I will have the right given me by my creator and guaranteed by the constitution of my country? Sadly, it won’t, because your offense trumps
        mine.

        This baker in Colorado, as do you, have the same right to act according to their beliefs. It doesn’t make anyone hateful or cruel or bigoted. It simply means we hold different values.

        You can legislate equality, but you can never legislate acceptance. That dear one, is called Freedom to act and think for yourself, in spite of how it may offend the person standing next to you.

        The Supreme Court upholds freedom of Speech and Expression and Practice of Faith. As such, those Freedoms and Protections are not about the tings we agree with, but rather the Freedom for others to Say and Express things we abhor
        .
        I proclaim my faith, your offense be damned, I I’m simply expressing the doctrine and
        convictions I hold. If you are a
        non-believer, than my words should hold no weight with you, for in your heart,
        I’m but a silly person devoid of common sense and irrational thought; something
        of a folly. How offensive and dangerous
        could I really be to your abject offense?

        • Kelly Whaley

          Beautifully written.

          • Jennifer Williams

            Thanks, Kelly…This kind of bickering is irrational. IT boils down to one thing…Acceptance. you might not always get it and you have to learn to walk away from those that don’t accept you.

          • Kelly Whaley

            Very true.

          • Jacki Smith

            And there is no reasoning with an unreasonable person. Bozzy and others like him are just Trolling and trying to bait the rest of us to get down to their level. We are better than that. Class trumps ignorance and hate.

        • justme

          That was awesome! And I noticed the idiot didn’t reply back because he knows you’re right!

    • Petra Farmer

      He did not have that right. Here is the law:

      The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

      The right of public accommodation is also guaranteed to disabled citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which precludes discrimination by businesses on the basis of disability.

      In addition to the protections against discrimination provided under federal law, many states have passed their own Civil Rights Acts that provide broader protections than the Federal Civil Rights Act. For example, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals based on unconventional dress or sexual preference.

      In the 1960s, the Unruh Civil Rights Act was interpreted to provide broad protection from arbitrary discrimination by business owners. Cases decided during that era held that business owners could not discriminate, for example, against hippies, police officers, homosexuals, or Republicans, solely because of who they were.

  • Mayor of Merritt Island

    Just quit making wedding cakes….raise prices for all others and thank the 3% for destroying the industry! A business owner should always be allowed to refuse service “no shoes no shirt no service” ….

  • Bozzy Lewis

    This judge was right-on ! Freedom of religion cannot mean a license to legally hate and discriminate ! No one would tolerate a Palestinian bakery refusing to service Jews or one owned by a Neo-Nazi serving Blacks. Why is it any different for gay people ? Bigotry is bigotry ! Homosexuals can not and will not be the only minority group where it is O-K to openly discriminate against in the public forum. That is the end of the debate ! This judge gets it…and got it right ! And, by the way, that bakery owner in video looks evil and like the “devil !”

    • Christine Ann Ramirez

      The judge should be benched!

    • Howard Turner

      this judge is wrong this isnt a public place its a private business that invites the public in and therefore have every right to rescind that invitation on whatever grounds they feel necessary including religious grounds like it or not this is not about discrimination its about personal beliefs being violated only for the publicity it generated

    • Frank DeVenuto

      People of varying ethnic groups cannot help being born black, white, green, purple, blonde hair, brown hair, etc. Nobody has any choice in their physical characteristics when they are born. Homosexuality is a choice – people choose to violate the natural use of their bodies for something deviant and unnatural. Your views are illogical and your rants are spiteful and lack cherence. If you do not believe in the Creator of all things, that is your choice but then you lose the ability to rationally describe right and wrong, immorality, logic, laws of science, etc. Your worldview cannot account for those things without borrowing biblical principles. It is not bigotry to stand on one’s principles.

      • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

        He was willing to make any kind of cake but a wedding cake. CO doesn’t even recognize gay marriage – why should he?

        • EliseR

          If there is no SS marriage in CO, then he wouldn’t be making a wedding cake, would he? It would just be a cake. So why would that be a problem for him?

      • Bozzy Lewis

        You are so brain-dead and ignorant, there is no point in even arguing how ridiculous and fanatic you sound ! A choice ? What, to act on your feelings or deny themselves any measure of sexual contact and satisfaction to please jerks like you and some dumb and irrational religion ? Wake-up…people like you are rotten to the core and just can not accept the new world order and tolerance of consenting adults and tax paying citizens that may happen to be are gay !

        • Kelly Whaley

          You don’t accept them, why should they accept you?

    • EBounding

      What you’re advocating is the use of violent force to punish people you think are bigots. Am I wrong?

      • Bozzy Lewis

        Absolutely NOT ! I am not a violent person and do not advocate violence at all. Where are you getting that nonsense from ? If he does not comply with the judge’s order…he should be fined for breaking the law. Why should it matter to him who a customer is marrying ? He is not normal and a dangerous fanatic. Just look at his picture in a video on line. Satan in the flesh…mean, wicked and rotten to the core ! He advocates bigotry and should not bring his religious beliefs to the public forum in commerce. What’s next ? A litmus test on the Bible and refusing to serve women that had an abortion or a teenage girl on contraception ? The insanity is so transparent !

        • EBounding

          You absolutely ARE advocating violence! How do you think the State apprehends people and sends them to jail? They use a gun and if you resist they kill you. The act of putting someone in a cage is a violent act. Now, sometimes that act is justified if someone is injuring, killing or stealing from others. Jail-time is what the judge is advocating.

          But fines are also a form of state-violence. If you don’t pay the fine, you are placed in a cage. If you resist, you will be killed.

          So with that in mind, is declining to provide a service and take a customer’s money an act that requires State-sanctioned violent force?

    • michele

      Sounds like you like gays.

      • EliseR

        Sounds like you don’t like gays. Why?

        • michele

          Who cares. BTFO. IDGAS, what you say to me, it IS NOT going to make me change my mind about my reply to what this man is going through with his bakery. Yes, I know everyone has rights, even gays, but this man is a Christian and if he wants to stand firm in his beliefs, then so be it. Get off of my case.

    • Theresa Easley

      Obviously, it’s okay for you to impose your will on others. You are a hypocrite. You also don’t decide when to end the debate.

  • daddycrc

    As I see it, You have the right to refuse service to anyone without giving a reason. F8g go home

    • michele

      I agree

  • patriot1742

    The judge has set this ruling over the constitution of Colorado – there fore he is not in compliance with existing law – and should be removed from the bench for failure to know the law.

  • James Hamlin

    time to post the sign.. “We reserve the right to refuse service”

    • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

      Big Brother doesn’t allow that. Tyranny rules.

  • Arden Hale

    Conservatives in Colorado need to push to have the judge impeached or removed. Keep removing people from office if they violate the Constitution.

  • threebarrs

    Whatever happened to “a businessperson has the right to serve or not serve a customer”. Are our individual businesses now only a wing of the government. The couple should have brought a wedding cake with them from the state they were married in, or at least not have made such a big deal of it. Gay rights has gone beyond the realm of common sense, and if they were so affronted by his refusing to bake them a cake, they have a some real problems they need to address in counseling!

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    I wouldn’t want to eat anything prepared by someone forced to make it. He has ethics, but when I was a waitress I saw cooks do disgusting things to food of nasty, complaining diners. Not all liquids in food or sauces are water – even if you think they are