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Colo. baker appeals ruling that he stop discriminating against same-sex couples

DENVER — A conservative Christian organization has appealed a judge’s ruling against a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony.

Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig picket the bakery that refused them service.
Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig picket the bakery that refused them service.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed an appeal Monday on behalf of Masterpiece Cakeshop, which was ordered by a judge in December to stop discriminating against gay couples.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against shop owner Jack Phillips on behalf of 33-year-old Charlie Craig and 29-year-old David Mullins, who were married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado.

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The complaint says that in July 2012, Phillips turned the couple away when he found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding.

ADF attorney Kristen Waggoner says “forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression.”

Last month, in an interview on Fox News, Phillips said that it is “God’s design” for him to be a baker, and that he believes Jesus does not want him to bake cakes for same-sex couples.

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