Response Paper # 4: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd
Response Paper # 4: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., is a Colorado
bakery owned and operated by Jack Phillips, an expert baker and
devout Christian. In 2012 he told a same-sex couple that he would not
create a cake for their wedding celebration because of his religious
opposition to same-sex marriages—marriages that Colorado did not
then recognize—but that he would sell them other baked goods, e.g.,
birthday cakes” (The Supreme Court Syllabus of the Case). The state
of Colorado penalized Phillips so severely that he had to stop selling
cakes. Was it right that he was punished for discrimination in his
cake-baking when such punishment violated his right to do business
with whom he wanted?
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