UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Justice Department filed a brief supporting a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a case headed to the Supreme Court.
The DOJ filed the brief on Sept. 7 on behalf of Jack Phillips, who was found to have violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to create a cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012.
Phillips said creating a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his religious beliefs.
Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall wrote in the brief, “Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights.”
Louise Melling, the deputy legal counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the couple, called the DOJ’s position “nothing short of shocking.”
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in its new term, which starts in October.