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Colorado baker says he’s not biased, would refuse to make cakes ‘disparaging to the LGBTQ community’

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Colorado baker Jack Phillips — the central figure in the Supreme Court ruling Monday— says he doesn't discriminate against anyone.

What's a quick history?

A same-sex couple sued Phillips and his shop, Masterpiece Cakeshop, under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation by any "place of business engaged in sales to the public."

The couple sued Phillips because he declined to make the couple's wedding cake in 2012, citing religious beliefs as the reason for his refusal.

The opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, said that the Supreme Court took issue with previous judgments because those judgments did not show "religious neutrality" in previous rulings against Phillips.

You can read more about the case's extensive background here.

What is he saying now?

"I serve everybody, it's just that I don't create cakes for every occasion that people ask me to create," Phillips told NBC on Tuesday.

He added that he would, of course, permit anyone to visit his shop to make any purchase they desired, but he doubled down on his stance that he would not create cakes for same-sex marriages, or even cakes for Halloween.

Phillips also said that he wouldn't bake cakes that would be "disparaging to the LGBTQ community."

"I don't discriminate against anybody," he said. "I serve everybody that comes into my shop. I don't create cakes for every message that people ask me to create."

Phillips said, "I told these two men when they came in my store, I'll sell you cookies, brownies, birthday cakes, I'll make you custom cakes. I'll make anything for you."

Anything, he said, except a wedding cake.

"This cake is a specific cake," Phillips explained. "A wedding is an inherently religious event, and the cake is definitely a specific message."

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