Colo. Baker Defends Anti-Gay Marriage Stance, Says Business is Booming
A baker and the owner of a cake shop outside of Denver, Colo., who denied to make a gay couple a wedding cake, is now defending his actions after being in the media spotlight, CBS News reported.
Last week, EDGE reported that Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Col., refused to create David Mullins, 28, and his partner Charlie Craig, 31, a wedding cake because he does not support same-sex marriage.
Philips told CBS News that he accepts LGBT employees and customers but does not back gay marriage and would rather shut down his business than sell his wedding cakes to a same-sex couple.
"If it came to that point, we would close down the bakery before we would compromise our beliefs, so that may be what it comes to," Phillips said. "We’ll see. If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever. It’s just the wedding cake -- not the people, not their lifestyle."
Calling himself "a follower of Jesus Christ," he told Fox affiliate KDVR that he believes the Bible teaches that homosexuality "is not an OK thing." According to KDVR, Phillips, who started his bakery in 1993, has denied about six gay couples wedding cakes.
Mullins and Craig wanted a rainbow-layered cake with teal frosting for their wedding reception, which will be held in Denver. The couple plans to get married in Provincetown, Mass.
"It was the most awkward, surreal, very brief encounter," Mullins told Denver Westword. "We got up to leave, and to be totally honest, I said, ’Fuck you and your homophobic cake shop.’ And I may or may not have flipped him off."
Mullins reportedly ranted about the incident on Facebook, which caused several news outlets to pick up the story. A Facebook page called "Boycott Masterpiece Cakeshop" was created and currently has nearly 500 members. The Denver Business Journal reported that gay rights activists and their supporters held a protest in front of the bakery.