Jack Phillips, the Christian bakery-owner from Colorado whose case will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court next month, is not only receiving support from many Christians, but also from many in the gay community, according to The Christian Post.
As ChristianHeadlines.com has previously reported, Phillips case, Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, began when Phillips declined to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, citing his religious beliefs. Phillips initially lost his case with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, but won an appeal to bring his case before the Supreme Court.
Many Christians and conservatives have spoken out in support of Phillips’ religious freedom rights, but some members of the gay community also support Phillips.
"I'm TJ, and I'm Matt, we're gay and we're here to support Jack Phillips...to buy stuff from him, and support him because we don't think any artist should be forced to create for something that violates their beliefs," say two men in a video posted to Facebook by Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal firm defending Phillips.
"Creating space for Jack to live out his convictions shows what a pluralistic society should look like. It would demonstrate what it means to have the freedom to disagree yet to be tolerant amidst those disagreements," wrote Kristen K. Waggoner, general counsel and senior vice president of U.S. legal advocacy at ADF.
Waggoner continued: "That is why so many supporters of same-sex marriage filed briefs supporting Jack before the Supreme Court. It's also why Jack has had so many customers tell him that even though they disagree with him on marriage, they support his right to live out who he is.
They understand that if we want freedom for ourselves, we must extend it to others."
Oral arguments in Phillips’ case are scheduled for December 5, 2017.
Photo: In this March 10, 2014 photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colo. Phillips is appealing a recent ruling against him in a legal complaint filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission by a gay couple who sought a wedding cake from him after he refused, based on his religious beliefs.
Photo courtesy: AP/Brennan Linsley via Religion News Service
Publication date: November 15, 2017