The Pros And Cons Of Gay Marriage

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In 2012, gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig went to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado to purchase a cake for their wedding. Their request was denied by the owner, Jack Phillips, because he is Christian and does not support gay marriage. He sent them away because he believes that since making a cake for a gay wedding goes against his religious beliefs, he doesn’t have to make it. The couple felt discriminated because of who they are, and filed civil rights charges against Phillips. David and Charlie say that Phillips shouldn’t be able to deny them goods from a public shop just because of their sexual orientation. To this Phillips explains that he would be happy to serve the couple or any LGBT person regular baked goods, such as a birthday cake or cookies, but he refuses to use his talents to create a cake for a religious celebration in which he doesn’t support. But is he allowed to do this? According to Phillips he should be protected by the first amendment, freedom of speech. Baking and decorating cakes is his art and a way of expressing himself, and he doesn’t in any way want to express an acceptance for something he doesn’t agree with. The couple, along with various gay rights groups, don’t see this as any kind of excuse for turning down and discriminating customers in a shop open to the public, which should include anyone and everyone. It’s a matter of equality, and Charlie and David aren’t being treated the same way as others customers, which is unfair. The couple

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