DOJ Backs Baker as Gay Couple's Wedding Cake Judged

Newsmax | 3/10/2014 | Staff
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The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple based on his religious beliefs as the case moved toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

The department issued a brief supporting the position of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver who declined to create the custom cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012, Fox News reported.

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Colorado state courts had ruled against Phillips, stating that his decision violated the state's anti-discrimination law, Fox News wrote. But the Justice Department took up his cause in a brief to the nation's highest court this week.

"When Phillips designs and creates a custom wedding cake for a specific couple and a specific wedding, he plays an active role in enabling that ritual, and he associates himself with the celebratory message conveyed," acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall wrote in the brief, according to Fox.

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"Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights," the brief...
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