[Ed. – This is the baker who last year was required by a Colorado commission to submit himself and his employees to Stalinist reeducation.]
A Colorado appeals court ruled Thursday that a Denver-area baker cannot refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple based on his religious belief.
The decision comes as religious conservatives opposed to gay marriage fight to carve out exemptions to same-sex marriage and antidiscrimination laws—especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
The Colorado Court of Appeals rejected the argument by lawyers for the cake-shop owner who argued that forcing him to create and sell a cake to a gay couple planning a wedding celebration violated his First Amendment rights.
The ruling is the latest to limit the rights of religious business owners involved in wedding services to turn away same-sex couples.