A baker in Colorado gets fined for anti-gay discrimination.
A Colorado baker on Tuesday told Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck that he would be willing to go to jail after a judge ordered him to serve gay couples, saying that opposing same sex marriage is “who I am.”
Last week, administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips must “cease and desist from discriminating” against LGBT couples because he refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple last year.
Attorney Nicolle Martin, who is representing Phillips, added that “if the government can force you to violate your beliefs under the threat of a jail sentence, there’s really no freedom they can’t take away, Elisabeth.”
In the first place, it’s a civil charge, not a criminal charge, so no one is going to go to jail. Second, as the administrative law judge pointed out in the ruling, baking a cake is not protected speech under the First Amendment. Third, refusing to serve a gay couple based solely on their sexual orientation is a violation of the public accommodation laws even if same-sex marriage is not legal in Colorado. It’s no different than refusing to bake a cake for an interracial couple. Finally, if Jesus Christ is telling Mr. Phillips to do this, than he must have mumbled the thing about “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
HT to NTodd.