Involuntary Servitude in Colorado

by Will


Liberty Minute June 2 2014


The State of Colorado doesn?t recognize the novel social arrangement called same-sex marriage. Denver businessman Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, declines to accept business from same-sex couples who want wedding cakes.


Like the Colorado state government, Phillips refuses to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages. Apparently, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is an exclusive privilege enjoyed by the state government: Philips was threatened with fines and imprisonment for refusing to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple.


Phillips inflicted no injury on the supposedly aggrieved couple who file a civil rights complaint against him. There were nineteen other bakeries in the area willing to accommodate them, and the couple soon found a baker willing to produce a cake decorated with the rainbow emblem of the gay rights movement. The administrative law judge who ruled against Philips granted that ?Colorado does not recognize same-sex marriages? yet insisted, without explanation, that ?[this] fact does not excuse discrimination? by a business owner.


The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered Phillips to submit to invasive scrutiny of his business practices, and inflict sensitivity training on his employees. Phillips has responded by announcing that he?ll simply stop making wedding cakes for anybody ? unless, of course, the state?s tolerance Gestapo compels him to do so.


Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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