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Denver bakers cleared of bias for refusing to make Bible cakes

World Magazine Reports:

Colorado officials rejected discrimination claims filed by a man who was refused service at three bakeries because he requested cakes that included Bible verses calling homosexuality a sin, according to a decision released last week.

The case drew a firestorm of media attention in January when Azucar Bakery owner Marjorie Silva talked to the press about the discrimination claim.

Some outlets initially misrepresented Jack's request, claiming he asked Silva for a cake with "God hates gays" written on it.

In late March, CCRD officials released the findings of their investigations and their decisions by letter to Jack and the bakeries.

In all three cases, the CCRD sided with the bakeries, declaring they had the right to refuse Jack service and did not discriminate against his creed, Christianity.

The decisions said Jack's request included "derogatory language and imagery" and argued all three bakeries would deny such requests to any person, regardless of creed.

Supporters of the bakeries are claiming victory, but Jack said he acted intentionally to shed light on the inequitable application of Colorado's anti-discrimination laws.

Jack said any decision by the CCRD would be unjust-either by denying him equal footing to customers requesting gay wedding cakes, or by unconstitutionally forcing the three bakeries to violate their conscience.

The later would have put the bakers in the same position as Jack Phillips, the Denver-area baker and Christian charged in 2014 by the CCRD with discrimination against a gay couple for whom he declined to bake a wedding cake.

Jack plans to appeal the judgment against him in an effort to highlight the commission's unequal treatment and lack of justice.

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