Sunday, June 01, 2014

Colorado Civil Rights Commission Affirms Initial Decision In Gay Wedding Cake Case

According to the Denver Post, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission on Friday affirmed the Initial Decision of an administrative law judge in Craig v. Masterpiece Cake Shop. The initial decision rejected free speech and free exercise claims, and held that a bakery and its owner illegally discriminated against a same-sex couple on the basis of sexual orientation in refusing to sell them a wedding cake. (See prior posting.)  To prevent future discrimination, in Friday's decision the Commission required bakery owner Jack Phillips to submit quarterly reports for two years on steps taken to change company policies and train employees. The bakery must also disclose the names of any clients who are turned away. [Thanks to Tom Rutledge for the lead.]