“My work at the cake shop is more than a way to make a living.” Jack Phillips
“On the day I declined to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage, I was simply living out the truth that I—along with millions of other Christians—have found in the Bible.” Ibid
We often tell children they can become whatever they want when they grow up: doctor, lawyer, engineer, artist—anything they set out to be is within their reach.
Packed into that simple idea are the promises of liberty and opportunity that form the heart of the American experience. The Supreme Court’s ruling this Monday on my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, helped determine that people of faith remain free to pursue our chosen vocations.
My work at the cake shop is more than a way to make a living. Designing each wedding cake is an expressive act, as I create an artistic centerpiece that announces a couple’s union as a marriage and tells part of their story. My perspective and beliefs are inseparable from the work I create.
But after decades of developing my craft, my home state took it away from me. My case started in 2012 when I was asked to design a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. I politely declined that request because of my religious beliefs about marriage. But I told the customers that I would sell them anything else in my shop, or create a cake for them for a different event. Continue reading