Coloradoâ€™s constitution doesnâ€™t recognize â€śsame-sex marriage,â€ť but the government is being accused of imposing its beliefs about matrimony on residents.
â€śThe government â€¦ seek[s] to impose a new belief system upon Jack [Phillips], one that is fundamentally at odds with his conscience and his liberty,â€ť explains a legal filing from attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom representing Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakes in Lakewood, Colo.
A complaint to the stateâ€™s Civil Rights Division was filed by two homosexuals who wanted Phillips to provide them with a wedding cake, even though same-sex marriage is not allowed in the state. The government only recognizes civil unions.
Phillips offered to provide other products but, citing his own Christian beliefs, declined to produce a message on a wedding cake that conflicted with his faith. ...