Bakery Forced to Bake Wedding Cake for Same Sex Marriage

A judge in Denver, Colorado, has ordered Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, to bake a cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig’s wedding. The wedding, in fact, will take place in Massachusetts with the reception being held in Denver. Mr. Phillips refused to bake a cake for them because of his Christian beliefs. You’ve read about this on Eagle Rising several times. Read the whole story on Townhall.Com.

Here we have a perfectly nice couple, David and Charlie who want a perfectly nice wedding cake, and mean old Jack won’t bake their cake. Judge Robert N. Spencer, an Administrative Law Judge, wrote, “The undisputed facts show that Respondents (Phillips) discriminated against Complainants (Mullins and Craig) because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same sex marriage.” (My emphasis) Sounds like something that Perry Mason might say with his stentorian voice.

Mullins… (Is he the bride or the groom? You have to have a bride and a groom to have a wedding, don’t you?) Mullins in a statement is quoted as saying, “Being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration.” The key words in that statement are “offensive” “dehumanizing” and “joyful.” I refuse to make any remarks about “offensive” and “dehumanizing.” I would bet that the fathers of the bride and groom were really looking forward to a joyful family celebration. I’m not a drinker, but I think that there are some occasions that a stiff belt or two would be advisable. In the words of Forrest Gump, “That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

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Of course, as you would expect, the ACLU got in the middle of this acknowledging that religious freedom is important, but “no one’s religious beliefs make it acceptable to break the law by discriminating against prospective customers.”

gaycake2The lawyer for Jack Phillips said that it is simply a case of a devout Christian refusing to endorse a same-sex marriage. Phillips will not even make Halloween treats because he believes that Halloween has turned something sacred (All Saints Day) into something crass, approaching evil.

Where does it end? I remember reading about a wedding photographer some time back that refused to take pictures for a same-sex wedding and was ordered to do so by the court. Will there come a time when wedding planners are sued because they won’t accept same-sex couples as clients? Will churches be sued because it is against the policy of the denomination or the individual congregation to have same-sex marriages in their churches? Or ministers who refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The judge and the ACLU in siding with the Complainants (Mullins and Craig) see this case as a Civil Rights case. The lawyer for the Respondent (Phillips) sees this case as one more domino falling in the long line of freedoms that we have always assumed were inherent in our Bill of Rights.

I’m sure that to the people involved, this case is significant, but to me, it’s absurd.

First of all, why didn’t the judge throw the case out as frivolous? Secondly, why didn’t the baker just bake their damn cake and charge them a pretty penny for it? And last, why didn’t Mullins and Craig simply walk down the street and find a baker that would be willing to bake the cake? Come on, folks. The ingredient that is missing in this cake recipe is a cup of “Common Sense.” Holy Cow!


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Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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