Next Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of a Christian cake artist punished by state authorities in Colorado for declining to craft a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony. NRB member Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Masterpiece Cakeshop in its First Amendment challenge.
Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2014 to create such cakes even though they communicated a message in violation of his beliefs. The commission also included in its order a requirement for Phillips to file quarterly compliance reports demonstrating that he had re-educated his staff about state nondiscrimination law. That ruling was ultimately upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court.
When the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year announced it would hear Phillips’ appeal, ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman said, “We are all at risk when government is able to punish citizens like Jack just because it doesn’t like how he exercises his artistic freedom. America must have room for people who disagree to coexist.”
ADF is encouraging supporters of liberty to share its resources about the case using the hashtag #JusticeForJack. “Jack may be a cake artist,” ADF’s webpage states, “but his stand will affect everyone who wants to live in a truly diverse and tolerant nation that upholds freedom for all.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: December 1, 2017