A shorter (and rather less argumentative) version of this post appeared on the Theos website.
Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd is a bakery in Colorado owned and operated by Jack Phillips, a devout Christian. In 2012, a same sex couple, Mr Craig and Mr Mullins, wanted to order a cake for their wedding reception but Mr Phillips refused because of his religious opposition to same sex marriage – which the State of Colorado did not itself recognise at the time. The couple filed a charge with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act and the matter ultimately came before the Court of Appeals of Colorado, which found in favour of the Civil Rights Commission. Continue reading