David Mullins and Charlie Craig have filed a discrimination complaint against a Colorado bakery who refused to make them a wedding cake. The bakery's owner says that taking their business would have violated his Christian beliefs.
The couple married in Massachusetts and were browsing cakes at the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver in summer 2012. The bakery's owner, Jack Phillips, realized that the cake was for the couple themselves, and told them that he couldn't serve them without violating his religious faith.
"I was angry and I felt dehumanized and mortified," Mullins told the AP.
The Colorado Attorney General's office has filed the formal complaint against the bakery after the ACLU found other gay couples whom Phillips refused to serve. If Phillips loses, he will face an order requiring him to "cease and desist" from refusing wedding cakes to same-sex couples.
If Phillips refuses to comply, he'll face fines of $500 per incident and up to a year in jail.
His lawyer says the case is about freedom of conscience, which is jeopardized by the law.
Via the Associated Press.