After a judge ruled that a bakery in Colorado must "cease and desist from discriminating" and make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, the bakery's owner has spoken out. According to the Raw Story, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop told Fox News that he would rather do jail time than make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. "I don't plan on giving up my religious beliefs ... I don't feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I'm participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for," he stated. Phillips added, "my priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security."
The judge's ruling was based on a Colorado law that prohibits businesses from discrimination over race, gender, or sexual orientation. The Huffington Post reports that if Masterpiece Cakeshop continues to refuse service to same-sex couples, the bakery will be fined. It's unclear if Phillips will actually face jail time or the shutdown of his business, although failure to pay the fines would definitely result in more legal issues.
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