After six years, one U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and a second lawsuit later, the state of Colorado has finally stopped its hostility toward cake artist Jack Phillips and his faith.
The incident began in 2012, when Phillips was asked to bake a cake and use his unique artistic talents for a wedding cake, celebrating a same-sex marriage. Philips refused, citing his Christian faith along with his abilities as an artist to express himself as the reasons for his refusal.
However, the couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, decided to file civil rights charges, claiming they were “demeaned and humiliated” as they sought to celebrate their union.
What followed was a six-year campaign by a hodgepodge of civil right lawyers, gay activists, government prosecutions, multiple lawsuits, drawn-out legal processes, hate mail, nasty phone calls, and even death threats, against Philips.
Yet through it all, Philips would not submit to mob rule, taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court and “WINNING” by a 7-2 margin against Colorado and reaffirming that “state penalties levied against Jack Phillips, the Colorado business owner at the center of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, violated his First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion since the regulations were not applied neutrally.”