The Family Police Alliance, the political arm of Focus on the Family, claimed that Jack Phillips, a baker in Lakewood, Colorado didn’t discriminate against a gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, when he refused to sell them a cake for their gay marriage reception in 2012.
The gay couple and Phillips are headed to the U.S. Supreme Court because Phillips is appealing a lawsuit by the couple who have won in every lower ruling.
Stephanie Curry, the Family Police Alliance’s manager of public policy, claimed that Phillips “wasn’t against gays at all,” but rather opposed the wedding cake because it was a symbol of gay marriage, which he opposes due to his religious beliefs.
Curry claimed that Phillips offered to make the gay couple cookies and brownies for their gay wedding reception, which apparently did not offend his religious sensibilities in the theological area of flour and sugar.
The ACLU of Colorado, which represents the gay couple, notes:
Phillips admitted he had turned away other same-sex couples as a matter of policy. The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) decision noted evidence in the record that Phillips had expressed willingness to take a cake order for the “marriage” of two dogs, but not for the commitment ceremony of two women, and that he would not make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding celebration “just as he would not be willing to make a pedophile cake.”
Curry made no mention of the dog wedding cake or the pedophile slur, but said that Phillips is an “artist” and that his edible cakes are “pieces of artwork.”
Curry also said the cake is a “representation of who he is as a Christian.”