Colorado Christian Baker’s Lawyers File Initial Supreme Court Brief
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Sep 01
The lawyers of Jack Phillips, the Colorado bakery owner who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, have filed an opening brief in preparation for their U.S. Supreme Court case.
Attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom are representing Phillips and his business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, according to ChristianToday.com.
Phillips has already taken his case to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission which ruled against him. He appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court which agreed to hear it during their fall term.
“Nobody should be forced to choose between their profession and their faith,” said Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel for ADF. “Phillips gladly serves anyone who walks into his store, but, as is customary practice for many artists, he declines opportunities to design for a variety of events and messages that conflict with his deeply held beliefs.
In this case, Jack told the couple suing him he'd sell them anything in the store but just couldn't design a custom cake celebrating their wedding because of his Christian faith.”
Waggoner added that this case is about religious freedom and creative expression, and not a case against same-sex marriage. “Individuals can support same-sex marriage and Jack. Tolerance is a two-way street, and people should have the freedom to disagree on critical matters of conscience. The same government that can force Jack to violate his faith and conscience can force any one of us to do the same.”
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Publication date: September 1, 2017