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Baker who refused to make a gay wedding cake appeals to court

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 18 July 2014 12:59 Written by // Andrew Shaw

A baker in Denver, US, has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that requires him to prepare wedding cakes for gay couples.

Associated Press reports that Jack Phillips has asked the Court of Appeals to reverse the May ruling by the commission.

Phillips was sued by a gay couple after he refused to make a cake to celebrate their marriage in 2012.

Phillips has said he is deeply religious and that making the cake would violate the Christian principles by which he runs his Lakewood business, Masterpiece Cake Shop.

However, a judge ruled that Phillips must serve all customers regardless of sexual orientation.

Phillips’ attorneys argue that decision violates Phillips’ First Amendment rights.

Other states have also raised cases to let businesses refuse service based on owners' religious beliefs.

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Andrew Shaw

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Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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