The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Colorado baker Jack Phillips, saying he is free to express his artistic creativity in a manner that does not violate his religious beliefs.

Phillips, a skilled pastry chef, celebrated the court's decision with customers at his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. on Monday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the USA Today newspaper published his lengthy response to the court's decision.

The opinion piece detailed Phillip's 6-year fight to protect his religious rights.

"As a cake artist who owns my own shop, I have always been willing to serve everyone who walks through my doors. But that doesn’t mean that I create every cake requested of me," he wrote.

"If asked to design a cake that celebrates an event or expresses a message in conflict with my faith, I’m obliged as a matter of conscience to decline. But I still offer those customers anything else in my shop and tell them that I’d gladly create them a cake for a different occasion."

Phillips said his faith was tested in July 2012 when a gay couple -- longtime customers of his -- walked into his shop and ordered a custom wedding cake to celebrate their same-sex wedding.

Same-sex weddings conflict with the Christian faith, so Phillips declined to make the cake.

"But even though I offered to design the couple a cake for another event, they filed a lawsuit against me," Phillips wrote.

"I pour my heart into my wedding cakes, and ... my conscience will not allow me to celebrate something in direct conflict with my faith."

Following the court's decision on Monday, dozens of disappointed LGBT allies flocked to Yelp.com to post negative reviews for Masterpiece Cakeshop. The protest prompted Yelp to issue an "Active Cleanup Alert" to remove the negative reviews.

After the cleanup, Yelp posted a message on the cakeshop's Yelp page that stated:

"While we don't take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer's personal consumer experience with the business."

Phillips' longtime customers were overjoyed at the SCOTUS decision.

Customer George Hefner posed for the press after buying a cake from Phillips, saying: "The gay community, they are fine people, I am sure, but this crossed like into someone else's freedom, Jack's freedom, to believe what he believes."

  • Bashi22

    Would the gay community ask the Muslim or Jew restaurateur or bakery for bacon??.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    The opinion piece detailed Phillip’s 6-year fight to protect his religious rights.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    When I saw the headline I thought to myself, "Is the the same case from 10 yrs ago?".

    Not surprising given the conservative majority of the Supreme Court.

    The cake in that picture is underwhelming from an aesthetic perspective. The fact that the couple were long time customers suggest that the baker genuinely felt like it was in conflict with his religion. I wonder how broad of an application this will have...

  • KLove

    I truly dont see what the problem is. What people seem to forget is, that as a private business owner, he reserves the right to refuse service to ANYONE for ANY reason. That said, he didn't refuse them service, as he offered to make them a cake for any other occasion. If it was that serious, why couldnt they have just taken their business elsewhere? Why did the ACLU feel the need to jump in and get lawyers etc?

  • ShelbyMoore

    A win for what is right. Now all he need are his attorney's fees. Pay like you weight bishes.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    hmmmmmm.

  • i troll it like i see it

    This should not have went all the way to the Supreme Court, waste of time and money.

  • Trace da Ace

    I mean for real...his cakes don't look like nothing special....not at all...so not sure what the fuss is about....hell if they were hell bent on him making the cake, they should have gotten an aunt or uncle or somebody to put the order in.....but then again, Walmart could have hooked them up....

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Did this really need to go this far ... ? could have easily found another bakery ... Thee most ... You can't force people to like your lifestyle but you can go somewhere else ... This is silly asf and waste of judicial resources

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile say it .... ???

  • PhillyFacts

    Every other day LGBTSKJFCBXKJCSZ community is mad about something. Geeeeesh let the man live; same way ya'll don't agree with this baker patting the puss, he doesn't agree with ya'll having sword fights. Respect peoples choices period...

  • Scorpiess

    A great day for the truth movement. The LGBTXYZetc. movement will only be happy when we are alllll that way inclined ?

    #Notme

  • Scorpiess

    Because they have to win to prove that they are just the same as you and I even though they are vastly different -

  • BadAss Will

    Omg I'm tired of this just go buy a cake from somewhere else and come back and vandalize his store like any other Uncivilized person would do.... Like me ????

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    The fact that his "long time customers" took him to court over something so trivial say a lot about their( Lack of) Character. Did they wait the 6 years to get married so they could force him to make the cake? I doubt it

    Stop trying to force everyone to do your bidding. No one owes you anything because you are gay, bi, heterosexual or any other crap they've come up with

  • FOR COMMENT

    this is a praise report!. You should be able to stand my your beliefs--there is an attack on christian beliefs

  • Dr. P

    yeah they would...they ask for everything simply because they tend to feel victimized when told no. So IMO yeah they would ask for bacon, extra greasy from a Muslim restaurant

  • MookieFly

    He looks kinda gay himself. Maybe the gay couple thought he was down with the get down because that lil gray highlight hunty lol

    Real talk you can't force people to do what you want them to. Most businesses have the right to refuse service. He even offer to bake them a non homosexual cake. Tough titty said the kitty ?????

  • Libra80sBaby

    Why in the fuk is this even news??! If you want a cake made and the owner says no, take your business somewhere the hell else!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Stop bullying folks into believing what YOU believe in. A victory indeed. Not everyone has to be down for what YOU are. Let folks be themselves and its okay. The world will still turn

  • Kayke

    A private business that is not membership oriented and serves the public does NOT have the right to refuse service to ANYONE for any reason.
    Race, color, religion, nationality, or disability .... If the suit was filed for any of these reasons he would have lost. Sexuality isn't protected, that's all.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Why would you want to eat a cake of a man whom is not blessing his hands to feed you furthermore he could spit in it. It will not kill you but it's nasty than a MF though

  • Kayke

    Lol

  • BingBangBoom

    So if he created his own religion and said it was against his faith to do business with blacks that would be okay? #Hiscakeslookshittyanyways #Discriminationisdiscrimination

  • KLove

    That may or may not be true (i need to research further)...however, in this case, he didnt flat out refuse them service, he just refused to bake a cake celebrating an occasion that is not in line with his religious beliefs, which in my eyes is fine.....thats like walking into a Jewish burger joint, and demanding they make you a cheeseburger, knowing good and well Jews dont eat cheeseburgers (well theyre not supposed to)

  • Bashi22

    If they do ask for it don't get serve the greasy bacon I think they should publicized this too let everyone knows about it. LOL

  • Bashi22

    Hmmmnm

  • Gloria

    Um, sexuality is protected. This lawsuit was ruled on what is fair, not in regards to discrimination amongst gays. If the ruling was in favor of the gay couple, it would straight up be fascism. Come on now.

  • king shun

    not as nasty as two men who bugger each other

  • Bashi22

    Exactly take you business somewhere else.

  • Dr. P

    Very true!

  • Bashi22

    They just want to say they where born gay

  • king shun

    the gays do research and see who all into church and stuff than go try to get them to bow down if they dont they get took to court

  • king shun

    sexuality or just a sex act?

  • NorthDeKalb

    Why would they not agree with him “patting the puss?” That’s the difference; gays don’t impose their preferences on others the way heterosexuals do. They just want to live their lives and be left the hell alone. In what universe do you hear of gays telling straight people what they should and shouldn’t do sexually? FOH

  • FukkFolks2018

    Correct. Religious freedom cannot be used against the categories you listed. Im not sure why folks dont get that? What is so damnit hard about grasping this? Sexuality is NOT COVERED. for the love of Jesus and his homeboys. Ugh.

  • Logan Roberts

    That will be next watch

  • Kayke

    No, not all states. More than half of them do not protect sexuality or gender identity, therefore you can discriminate based on sexuality as at the federal level it is not law.

  • Logan Roberts

    Baby y'all should've went to Publix and ordered a delicious butter cream icing cake.

  • FukkFolks2018

    The only thing protected federally as far as discrim. against sexuality if I am not mistaken, is when it comes to employment. Lord this information is NOT hard to find.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Went to a graduation party on Saturday with a VERY intricate 3 layer cake that came from Publix. A layer for her, her deceased mom, and her dad. It was his idea. And it was beautiful and GOOD.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Seems they were trying to take a stand that would end up being sort of a 'Rosa Parks' type moment for the LBGTQ movement.

  • FukkFolks2018

    No. Bc that? Is against the law. To discrim. against race, color, religion, nationality, or disability. Might it happen? Yes. Should you take them to court? Yes.

    This is not against any law that is on the books currently in that state.

  • the guest

    The gays would never step to or test Muslims. They pick and choose who to test and protest. Gays feel confident to harass black people and Christians.

  • the guest

    Because the ACLU is a slave to the white gay agenda.

  • Kayke

    Lol @ his homeboys.
    I don't know either. The info is there. From service to employment...sexuality is not covered on the federal level especially in the private sector.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I think it JUST passed in re to discim. against sexuality in regards to employment on the fed level. Like JUST. In Feb. or March. I recall reading it somewhere.

  • the guest

    From now on gays need to say they are gay and muslim then they will have protection under religion. I wonder would the decision been different if he refused a cake for muslim gay wedding.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Yes.

  • the guest

    There is always a savvy loophole around oppression. Then that what gays need to do from now own. Combine their gay wedding with a protect class identity. Start digging up that one black ancestor, find a disability, convert to islam, say its a christian gay wedding, but they don't want to be savvy. They want to bully people into accepting them.

  • Kayke

    Surprisingly not in the private sector and it's also based on the jurisdiction you're in.... As cities and counties in each state has their own laws.

  • Kayke

    I'll check that out.

  • the guest

    thought he was down with the get down because that lil gray highlight hunty

    LOL

  • the guest

    They should have just went to Publix. Publix bakery cakes and cupcakes are no joke. But the gays are too uppity for Publix. LOL

  • NoThanksImGood

    False. I work in private sector and it is in our policy.

  • Trace da Ace

    hell yeah...Publix makes a mean buttercream cake.....damn....now I want a cake!!!

  • kennedy220

    wait...was it advertised that they didn't serve to gays before the gay couple asked?

  • kennedy220

    no we don't

  • kennedy220

    lol bully people into accepting them...and we are forced to go along with everything else....while I was beat up for being who I am and minding my own business

  • Kayke

    Your company chooses to include it, they are not mandated to. It's not law, it is choice. Understand?

  • FukkFolks2018

    I said yesterday they need to get in, so they can be covered, under a law that is already on the books. Instead of protesting this one situation, protest legislation. I feel like they NEED to be covered. But they just arent. Which is sad in itself.

  • Kayke

    The same outcome, as being a gay Muslim is in conflict with his religion.... And would prove said person is not committed to their religious identity as he is with his sexual idenrtiy.... and therefore can't use it as the primary source of the discrimination as he is a gay man before he is a Muslim.

  • NoThanksImGood

    Ok

  • Kayke

    Congrats at being at a good company.

  • NoThanksImGood

    Thanks

  • PhillyFacts

    This couple tried to impose but Jack, and the SCOTUS wasn’t having it lol. It took Jack 6 years of litigation because these men were trying to “impose their preference” on him. So go on with the nonsense, your argument holds no weight here.

  • joel adams

    Im about my coins: "how soon do you need the cake ma'am?"

  • T3

    He served gays. It says the gay couple were long time customers. His conflict was designing a cake specifically to celebrate their gay marriage. He will sell them all the cakes they want. He ain't crazy lol

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "Sexuality is NOT COVERED."

    Please say it louder for the unicorns and snowflakes in the byck. ?

  • Trace da Ace

    "for the love of Jesus and his homeboys".....I hollard!!!! but you 1000% right tho!!! Comment was funny as hell tho.

  • Lee

    You know I'm a little torn on this.
    For one I feel for the couple who were refused service just because of their sexual preference. But why would you want to give your money to someone for a wedding cake when they don't support you anyway.
    But at the same time I feel like if it's a self-owned business and it disagrees with his religious beliefs I feel like he should be able to refuse baking the cake.
    On a side note and I may make some people mad but one thing I've noticed is that a lot of gay men is that they are quick to call people names and other women bitches but the moment they are called F@g's
    They feel harassed and victimized.

  • Blue

    I'm slow today. I thought dude name was "Christian baker". Let me get some coffee or something.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    His cakes look nasty. They should have went elsewhere.

  • Bashi22

    I never see them protesting for the Rabbi (Judaism) to marry any of them. I really want to know why is just Christianity feeling the pressure vs any other religion eg Christianity.
    Gnosticism Islam,Judaism,Buddhism,Hinduism,
    Sikhism

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    If he doesn't want to make a cake for the gays that his decision and his bakery. That's his business hes not the only cake maker in town either. Not everyone agrees with the whole gay thing. I swear the gays need to pick and choose their battles carefully. Barking about everything will eventually mute you out.

  • NorthDeKalb

    My point of contention is your flawed “y’all don’t agree with this baker patting the puss” comment because it’s stupid. And what exactly did they impose by attempting to have a service rendered by someone they’ve known for years? Imposing their preference would be attempting to hook up with the man! By your login, every straight couple who purchases a tux, wedding dress, cake, musical arrangement, photographer etc. is imposing their sexual preference on them which is asinine on its face. I don’t even have an issue with the baker’s decision. It’s his business, his decision to serve whomever he chooses. But you yourself lack fundamental understanding which comes as no surprise.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    and bring their gay dogs in with them

  • PhillyFacts

    You're clearly a psycho; keep up-voting yourself and writing paragraphs I don't care to read. " I SAID WHAT I SAID AND THAT'S FINAL"...

  • NorthDeKalb

    You need to read something.

  • Applebootay

    And THis is not a restaurant.also note that it wasn't the right to refuse to serve. It was the right to refuse to make a cake that goes against his religious beliefs....he'd been serving them for years....he even offered to do another cake for them and they refused.

  • C Mack

    Good for him. He has the right to practice his beliefs and he should have filed a counter suit

  • C Mack

    “unicorns and snowflakes” lol.

  • dontgetblocked

    He's not forcing homosexuals to go against their beliefs. He has the same rights.

  • Patricia

    i would just say im booked and keep it moving. since they are going to be unreasonable, id dismiss them altogether.

  • Patricia

    exactly. not unlike when they went to lots house, the entire city of them, demanding to rape those 2 visitors. they could have had the biggest, grandest of orgies right there among themselves but nope! always gotta mess with somebody else

  • Judi Jupiter

    They probably think they're a hate group.

  • Judi Jupiter

    Boy I swear sometimes I wish that closet door would open again and they go back in....

  • Phillybruh
  • Phillybruh

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c29f1cb7e8f6f09be38b5231240c75fe8893f75c867778192040e866b5955379.jpg

    It's all it's his business until those state houses, you know the elections y'all don't vote in and is full of republicans who actually funded the cake bakers case.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    The gheys tried to get some money to pay for their wedding, and their idea went left.

  • noted24

    Like anyone wants to deal with Muslims in America, unless they themselves are Muslims. The nerve of black people talking about ANY marginalized group is playing victim ?
    Black people feel like they can spit on gays and then turn around and cry when whites and other races do it to them. Black Christians are so stupid, you are only Christian because it was beat into your ancestors.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    People like AJ Gorshuch and Rand Paul believe that the Civil Rights 1964 were unconstitutional.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I am sure that is what white folks in the South called MLK.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    How can you serve people then it suddenly become a conflict?
    So he took gay money until he didn't.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Sexuality is covered in Colorado where this happened.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They were already customers so they asked him for a cake.
    I guess he was ok with gay dollars until he wasn't.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They were already his customers.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    *sigh*
    They were already his customers and he knew they were gay so how did they know he wouldn't bake them a wedding cake?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Except they were already his customers so how did they know he was a homophobe?
    He accepted gay dollars until he didn't.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Except they were already his customers and he knew they were gay and he had baked special cakes like birthday cakes for them before.
    So maybe he needs to put up a sign to let everyone know which groups he will and won't bake a wedding cake for.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Sounds like he didn't have a problem with them as individuals, but a problem making a cake for their union.

  • Sushi

    I must say part of that is so true...... SPEAK

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You can parse it any way you like but it doesn't make sense.
    But I am glad I am not a slave to religion any more or its illogic.

  • Karen Brady

    LMAO

  • Karen Brady

    Love that concept

  • Karen Brady

    LMAOOOOOOOOOO

  • Kita Williams

    Doesn't sound like they were any friends of his. If they've been your customers for years then you know that they are also partners. You've been accepting their money for birthdays and soiree's for years. I'm assuming you knew when they got engaged because they probably ordered a cake for the engagement party. At what point did you tell them "hey guys, I love you but I won't be able to make the cake for your wedding due to my religious beliefs." Because this seems like they should've known you wouldn't do the service BEFORE they submitted their order and you declined. i'm sure they wouldn't have sued had this conversation been had in the first place.

  • Just this one time

    "you are only Christian because it was beat into your ancestors."

    Agreed!

  • harpospeaks

    This is a troubling case and I can see both sides but having thought about it a long time, Jack Phillips may be a religious man but he's not very smart and not very wise in the way he handled this situation. If he'd shown any moral wisdom, this never would have gone to SCOTUS and never should have. He could have prevented this impossible decision that pits religious belief and discrimination against each other and sows discord, animosity and division which is hardly the Christian thing to do.

    What should Mr. Phillips have done?

    He should've given the option to the couple. Let them decide. I would've told them that I would make the cake and make the best I could possibly make but that I did not want to, why I did not want to, and leave the decision to the couple. In those honest circumstances, I'm sure the couple would have left and gone elsewhere. If the couple insisted that I make the cake in spite of my misgivings and personal objections, I would've felt that I had fulfilled my moral obligation to my beliefs and at the same time, acted according to Christian morality and made the cake. I think that is what Jesus would've done. Have his cake and eat it to. What do you think?