Monday, September 18, 2017

Cake is his 'art.' So this Colorado baker can discriminate agaonst Gay couples

By Adam Liptak
“Because of my faith, I believe the Bible teaches clearly that it’s a man and a woman,” Jack Phillips said. Making a cake to celebrate something different, he said, “causes me to use the talents that I have to create an artistic expression that violates that faith.”
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips bakes beautiful cakes, and it is not a stretch to call him an artist. Five years ago, in a decision that has led to a Supreme Court showdown, he refused to use his skills to make a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, saying it would violate his Christian faith and hijack his right to express himself. “It’s more than just a cake,” he said at his bakery one recent morning. “It’s a piece of art in so many ways.” At first blush, the case looked like a conflict between a state law banning discrimination and the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom. But when the Supreme Court hears the case this fall, the arguments will mostly center on a different part of the First Amendment: its protection of free speech. [More]
Charlie Craig, left, and David Mullins at their home in Denver. “It’s not about the cake,” Mr. Craig said. “It is about discrimination. Credit Nick Cote for The New York Times