Two gay men recently showed up to an embattled Christian baker’s Colorado shop to publicly offer their support.
The move might be seen as surprising to some, considering that Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, was punished after refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. The baker’s controversial case has made its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where oral arguments will unfold on Dec. 5.
In a video posted to Facebook on Monday by Phillips’ attorneys, two men named TJ and Matt openly defended Phillips while standing outside of his bakery.
“We’re gay and we’re here to support Jack Phillips,” TJ said, with Matt adding, “We’re here to buy stuff from him, and support him, because we don’t think any artist should be forced to create for something that violates their beliefs.”
Their arguments appear to be predicated upon attorneys’ belief that Phillips and other business owners shouldn’t be forced to use artistic talents to convey messages or create items that they believe violate their consciences.
"I'm TJ, and I'm Matt, we're gay and we're here to support Jack Phillips…to buy stuff from him, and support him because we don't think any artist should be forced to create for something that violates their beliefs." Do you support Jack Phillips and artistic freedom?
Posted by Alliance Defending Freedom on Monday, November 13, 2017
As Faithwire previously reported, the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case could have sweeping ramifications for both religious liberty and equal protection rights.
The controversial legal battle surrounds Phillips’ 2012 refusal of a same-sex wedding cake. Phillips, much like Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein and numerous other wedding venders across the U.S., has found himself in the crosshairs of the government as well as LGBTQ activists after declining to offer his services to a gay couple.