DENVER (BP) – Colorado officials have rejected discrimination claims by a man who was refused service at three bakeries because he requested cakes that included Bible verses calling homosexuality a sin.
Critics of the rulings by the Colorado Civil Rights Division argue that they are in sharp contrast to a CCRD decision in 2014 that a Christian baker cannot refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding ceremony.
Bill Jack, one of the founders of Worldview Academy which conducts Bible-based summer camps, had approached three Denver-area bakeries in March 2014 and asked for two cakes, both in the shape of an open Bible. He presented a drawing showing what he wanted on each: "God hates sin -- Psalm 45:7" and "Homosexuality is a detestable sin - Leviticus 18:22" on one cake; "God loves sinners" and "While we were yet sinners Christ died for us -- Romans 5:8" on the other. According to two TV news reports, Jack also asked that the first cake include an image of two groomsmen holding hands with a red "X" over them.
All three businesses -- Azucar Bakery, Le Sensual Bakery and Gateaux Pastries -- refused to make the cakes. Jack filed three claims of discrimination with the Colorado civil rights agency.