It was nearly two years ago that TheBlaze first covered the story of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado after its owner, Jack Phillips, refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple citing religious beliefs. In December 2013, Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Phillips must “cease and desist from discriminating” against same-sex couples – despite his religious beliefs – or pay fines.
As though that ruling was not sufficient enough, last week, Colorado State’s seven-member Civil Rights Commission reinforced the December ruling – deeming Phillip’s refusal to serve an act of discrimination and ordering the owner to halt the practice.
As the Denver Post reported, the panel’s decision requires Phillips to submit quarterly reports – over the course of the next two years – demonstrating how he has worked to change discriminatory practices at his bakery. This change is to be implemented by altering company policies and training employees. Furthermore, Phillips must also disclose the names of any clients he turns away.
It should be noted that gay marriage remains illegal in the state of Colorado.
On Wednesday, Glenn reacted to the panel’s decision quite furiously – condemning the blatant disregard of the First Amendment in addition the eerie implications of forcing workers to undergo reeducation camp-style training to better understand Colorado discrimination laws.
In an interview with TheBlaze.com on Wednesday, Phillips remained steadfast in his decision to not make cakes for same-sex couples regardless of the penalties he might face.
“I’m not going to make cakes for same-sex weddings,” Phillips said. “That violates my First Amendment speech… and my duty as a Christian abiding by my savior.”
Phillips and his attorney joined Glenn on Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program to further discuss the situation and his refusal to back down.