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Jack Phillips is going to the U.S. Supreme Court

When a cake artist declines to design a cake for a Halloween party, the world goes about its business. But if that same cake artist declines a request for a custom cake for a same-sex wedding, he is forced to defend his decision all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Why must Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips defend his right to decline one event and not the other?

In America, artistic expression shouldn’t be subject to government control. Jack’s case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, is an example of what happens when the government gets into the ideology business and begins to punish private citizens if they don’t share and celebrate the same beliefs as the state.

Now the Supreme Court must decide—does the First Amendment protect Jack’s artistic freedom, a principle the high court has long defended, or not?

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Jack’s case is one of the most important Supreme Court cases of our lifetimes. It has already received national and international attention. As we get closer to oral arguments—likely sometime late this fall or early winter—that will only continue to increase. Get the latest news on our fight to secure justice for Jack—and how it impacts you—from the legal team defending him before the Supreme Court.

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WHAT'S AT STAKE

Jack Phillips doesn't design cakes for all events—he never has. He has a set of values based on his religious beliefs—a moral code—that guides his life, including his work. When an event conflicts with Jack’s beliefs, he doesn't participate. The Constitution protects that freedom—not just because Jack is a person of faith, but also because he is an artist who pours his time, talent, and incredible skill into creating custom works of art for his customers.

But that hasn’t stopped LGBT activists and the State of Colorado from coming after Jack. They’ve accused him of intolerance and discrimination, forced him to reeducate his staff and file quarterly compliance reports with the government, and demanded that he design cakes for same-sex weddings.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell may have redefined marriage, but it didn’t redefine freedom. The government does not have the power to force creative professionals like Jack—or anyone for that matter—to celebrate events that violate their faith. That’s the kind of freedom the First Amendment guarantees, and that’s why we seek justice for Jack.

Watch Jack’s Story

Across the United States, creative professionals like Jack Phillips are being told by the government that they must lend their talents to promote and celebrate certain events, even when those events conflict with their sincerely held beliefs.

Jack has taken a bold stand for his faith—and for religious freedom for all of us—but that stand hasn’t come without personal and professional consequence.

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The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

-United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015

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If you want to learn more about the facts of Jack’s case, how we got to this point, and what the media is saying, visit our Jack Phillips resource page.

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