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Jack Phillips, the baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, went on The Today Show Tuesday morning to discuss his Supreme Court victory. The court’s decision was narrow, and it left open the larger question of whether a business can discriminate against gay men and lesbians based on rights protected by the First Amendment.
“I serve everybody. It’s just that i don’t create cakes for every occasion they ask me to create,” Phillips said.
“Jack loves and serves anyone wow walks into his store but he doesn’t express all messages,” his attorney Kristen Waggoner added.
“I don’t discriminate against anybody, I serve everybody that comes in my shop,” Phillips said. “ I don’t create cakes for every message that people ask me to create.”
“This cake is a specific cake, a wedding cake is an inherently religious event and the cake is definitely a specific message,” Phillips said, explaining his objection to making the wedding cake for the same-sex wedding.
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After being asked how is this any different than people refusing interracial couples good and services back in the 1960s, Waggoner responded, “[The decision] also said that people of good will need the space necessary to disagree on this issue. And it distinguished cases of interracial marriage in the past and the decent and honorable beliefs of Jack and millions of Americans like him that believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Of all different faiths… Jewish, Muslim.”
Jack Phillips said there were several other messages he would never agree to put on any of his cakes, including anything that would disparage a member of the LGBTQ community.
‘I don’t create cakes for Halloween, I wouldn’t create a cake that would be anti-American or disparaging against anybody for any reason, even cakes that would disparage people who identify as LGBT,” he said. “Cakes have a message and this is one I can’t create.”