Judge Robert N. Spencer found that Masterpiece Cakeshop, which is located just outside of Denver, discriminated against Charlie Craig and David Mullins "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage."
The cease and desist came after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against the bakery's owner, Jack Phillips. The couple had been married in Massachusetts, but were celebrating in Colorado.
The lawyer for the cake shop tried to paint the owner in a positive light. "He can't violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck," the lawyer, Nicolle Martin, said. "If Jack can't make wedding cakes, he can't continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice. It is antithetical to everything America stands for."
The judge addressed a store owner's right to refuse service:
"At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses. This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are."
David Mullins, who was refused service, hoped that the "decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado."