Jack Phillips has told how his bakery, Masterpiece Cake shop in Colorado, has seen three times more customers since his Supreme Court victory. “We have had so many people coming by to support us as and there has been an outpouring of love and support since the decision came down. The state’s targeting of my beliefs cost me 40% of my business and forced me from 10 employees down to four. But we’re so happy to be busy doing what we do best at our shop,” Phillips said. “We’re also eager to start designing custom wedding cakes again,” Phillips added. “and I’m really looking forward to creating beautiful art that celebrates such a special day.”
Close to 400 supporters lined up at Masterpiece Cake shop to celebrate his Supreme Court victory according to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), whose lawyers defended him. Cookies were offered to the LGBT activists who came out to protest. As for the response from the community, he said that even though one can never get used to death threats, for the most part people have been supportive and understanding of his position. “Since we won, we’ve seen far more support than negativity. Even people who don’t believe what I believe about marriage, including many who identify as LGBT, have been so encouraging.
They said tolerance is a two-way street. If we want freedom for ourselves, we have to extend it to those with whom we disagree. Most people get that,” Phillips said. “While we’ve seen much support, it hasn’t all been positive. I have received a lot of harassment, profanity-laced phone calls, and even some death threats. The threats got so bad at one point my wife was afraid to set foot inside our own shop,” he continued. “Even after we won the case, a group of people showed up at my shop to protest. I offered them cookies and told them to stop by anytime.” The baker explained: “Certainly, you never get used to hostility, misrepresentation, or death threats.
We’ve had to deal with our share of hatred. Most people in our community know that we serve everyone, we just don’t celebrate every event or express every message. A lot of people have come out to show their support and encourage us. People have been praying across the country and around the world, it is just phenomenal,” Phillips said. Speaking of all the support he has been receiving, Phillips added: “I am overwhelmed.” Many of the people in the video are heard chanting slogans such as “Jack is back” and “Love free speech!” Still, some protesters showed up with LGBT flags, to whom Phillips offered free cookies on a tray. The protesters declined the cookies.
The Supreme Court decision overturned an earlier one by a lower court in Colorado that found Phillips guilty of violating anti-discrimination laws by refusing to bake a custom cake to celebrate the wedding of two homosexuals in 2012 when same-sex marriage was illegal in Colorado. As Phillips has explained, he serves everyone in his cake shop, including homosexual customers, but cannot create pro same-sex marriage messages, as it goes against his religious beliefs that marriage is solely a union between one man and one woman.
The Supreme Court found that Colorado had violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it penalized Phillips. ADF attorney Kristen Waggoner, who defended Phillips, said at the time that “government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society” she said. “Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a society. The decision makes clear that the government must respect Jack’s beliefs about marriage.” Phillips said: “I don’t discriminate, It’s just that I don’t create cakes for every occasion, a wedding is an inherently religious event and the cake is definitely a specific message that goes with that,” he added.
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