Judge: Colorado Baker Must Serve Gay Couples

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A judge has ruled a Colorado baker must serve gay couples despite his religious convictions.

The case centered on Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver. Phillips said his faith prevented him from selling a wedding cake to a homosexual couple.

The two men got married in Massachusetts but wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado. The state's constitution allows same-sex civil unions but bans gay marriage.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a case on behalf of the couple, accusing the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop of discrimination.

On Friday, administrative law judge Robert Spencer ruled Phillips will now face fines if he turns away other gay couples, despite his religious beliefs.

"We don't believe that this is a case about commerce. At its heart, this is a case about conscience," Phillips' attorney, Nicole Martin, said.

Phillips is prayerfully considering whether to appeal the judge's decision.

A similar case is pending in Washington state, where a florist is being sued for not providing service for a same-sex wedding.

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