A Denver church is raising eyebrows for commenting on a Supreme Court decision that sided with a baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple.
What did the church say?
A marquee sign outside the South Broadway Christian Church at East Ellsworth Avenue and Lincoln Street reads “Jesus would have baked that cake.”
Church pastor Dustin Adkins posted the sign and told KUSA-TV why he did it. Adkins said it’s all about inclusion.
“Jesus worked with folks on the periphery of society, mistreated and marginalized,” Adkins said. “Those folks are the ones he welcomes the most.”
The wedding cake saga began in 2012, when Jack Phillips, a cake artist and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple.
Phillips has said he denied the request because he believes marriage is only between a man and a woman. And he says he has refused to bake cakes for other occasions as well.
"I don't create cakes for Halloween," Phillips told KUSA. "I wouldn't create a cake that was anti-American or that would be disparaging against anybody for any reason, even cakes that would disparage people who identify as LGBT. Just cakes have a message and this is one I can't create."
What does this mean?
The Supreme Court ruling did not rule on the rights of the gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig. The case considered whether the Colorado Civil Rights Commission infringed on Philips’ religious rights.
“The court narrowly ruled in favor of Phillips, which basically means the justices punted on the bigger issue of whether state civil rights laws require bakers and other wedding vendors to serve gay couples,” KUSA reported.
Scott Robinson, the TV station’s legal expert, said: “The Supreme Court did not uphold a baker’s right to refuse to sell a cake to a same-sex couple in Colorado; nor did the Supreme Court uphold the right of a same-sex couple to insist that a baker provide that product to them. No precedent at all is set by this decision.”
Masterpiece Cakeshop had closed its doors for three days before reopening on Thursday, according to the report.