An antigay baker in Colorado is asking the state's Supreme Court to weigh in on his fight to deny service to same-sex couples, reports The Denver Post.
Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., has seen his legal requests denied at every turn since he was first found to have violated Colorado's nondiscrimination law when refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. Phillips admitted that he had denied service to other LGBT customers, though the state's investigation found that he agreed to make a cake for a dog wedding.
In August, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Phillips cannot refuse to serve same-sex couples based on his self-professed Christian beliefs. That ruling affirmed several previous rulings, by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2014 and the Colorado Civil Rights Division in 2013, which found that Phillips violated the state's nondiscrimination law when he refused to make a wedding cake for Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, who married in Massachusetts in 2012, then held a reception with friends and family in Denver shortly thereafter.
While same-sex marriage became legal in Colorado in October 2014, the state's pre-existing nondiscrimination law prohibits businesses that serve the public from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, in addition to several other traits.
Nevertheless, Phillips has asked the Colorado Supreme Court to review his case.
Watch the Denver Post's report on the latest development below.