On Friday, Denver administrative law judge Robert Spence released a ruling that forces Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, to either make a wedding cake for two homosexual men who requested one or face fines and possible jail time.
The facts of the case are not in dispute. On Thursday, July 19, 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig entered the shop to enquire about having a cake made. Owner Phillips was there to serve them. When he heard the request, Phillips told them that he didn’t make cakes for same-sex weddings. His expanded his response to say that he would make cakes for their birthdays, showers, sell them cookies, brownies, or whatever — just not a wedding cake.
Phillips is a devout Christian. He also does not make anything associated with what he views as the pagan rite of Halloween. He lives his life and runs his business according to his beliefs.