It all started in 2012. Two men walked into Jack Phillips’ shop, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and requested that Jack design a custom cake celebrating their same-sex wedding. Because Jack is a Christian and believes that the Bible defines marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman, he politely declined. But he offered to sell the couple anything else on his shelves or to design a cake for them for a different occasion. Jack serves all people, but he cannot help celebrate every event.
You’ve probably heard this story by now. And we’ve shared about it extensively here on the ADF blog. But do you know the heart of the man who is at the center of this Supreme Court case? Watch below to hear more about Jack’s side of the story.
Jack’s artistic and religious freedom is in jeopardy. The government is forcing him to use his artistic talents to promote messages and celebrate events that conflict with his faith.
Curiously, though, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found that three other cakeshops had not discriminated when they declined to design a cake with a message opposing same-sex marriage. This makes it clear: only the government-approved viewpoint on marriage is welcome in Colorado.
After more than five years of litigation, Jack’s case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Alliance Defending Freedom argued on his behalf in December. ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner asked the Court to protect Jack’s artistic and religious freedom.
If Jack does not have the freedom to decide which messages and events to promote through his artwork, others don’t have that freedom either. It could be your viewpoint that the government targets next. Where will it stop?
But if the Supreme Court rules in Jack’s favor, it would preserve artistic and religious freedom for everyone. Please join us in praying that the Supreme Court’s decision will uphold freedom.
Additional quotes and excerpts from the video:
- “From an artistic standpoint, Jack could probably work in any medium that he wants to. And I think that he understood that this was the way that he wanted to express himself.”
– Jack’s former boss
- “It’s not about refusing business; it’s about having the freedom for him to artistically create something that allows him to honor Christ.”
– Jack’s daughter