Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided June 4, 2018
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Mr. Phillip operated Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. (defendant "Cakeshop") in Colorado. In 2012, a same-sex couple tried to order a custom wedding cake from the Cakeshop.

Cakeshop refused to sell a cake to the same-sex couple a wedding cake.

Colorado's anti-discrimination law prohibited discrimination on the basis of romantic orientation.

Procedural History

The same-sex couple filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ("Colorado").

Cakeshop loses in the trial court & Colorado Court of Appeals.

The Colorado Supreme Court denied the petition to hear the case.


Does requiring a Christian baker to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple violate the baker's First Amendment rights?


Cakeshop argued that serving a wedding cake to the same-sex couple would violate his rights under the 1st Amendment.

Once commissioner for Colorado commented that religion had been exploited to justify discrimination, slavery, and the Jewish Holocaust.


Colorado demonstrated hostility toward Cakeshop's sincerely-held anti-LGBT religious beliefs. The 1st Amendment rights of Cakeshop have been violated.