Jack Phillips and his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, came under attack when Jack respectfully declined to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage, even though same-sex marriage is not recognized in Colorado where Masterpiece Cakeshop is located. Jack declined because using his God-given talents to promote same-sex marriage would go against his religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. While Jack could not use his artistic skill to design and create a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, he offered to create cakes for the same-sex couple for different events or sell them pre-made items from the bakery.
Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies came to Jack’s defense after the two men contacted the ACLU and filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for sexual-orientation discrimination. They explained to the commission that Jack did not engage in sexual orientation discrimination because his objection was to the message the cake would send, not the people requesting the cake. They also explained that any state attempt to force Jack to create cakes celebrating same-sex marriages would violate the First Amendment. FULL REPORT