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Crowd denounces Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling at Capitol rally

Author: Mark Harden - June 5, 2018 - Updated: June 5, 2018


The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Colorado baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple was unpopular with a crowd that gathered Monday evening on the steps of the state Capitol.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks about the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple, during a rally in Denver on Monday, June 4, 2018. The couple, Dave Mullins, center right, front, and Charlie Craig, right front, standing next to Hickenlooper, brought the case against baker Jack Phillips. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Among the attendees was Gov. John Hickenlooper, who called Monday’s ruling “disheartening,” but insisted that the narrow focus of the decision means that businesses still “must be open to all,” The Denver Post reports.

Also on hand Monday night were Charlie Craig and David Mullins, who filed a complaint with the state after Lakewood baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to make their celebration cake in 2012, citing religious objections.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the state court of appeals ruled against Phillips, but the U.S. Supreme Court reversed that ruling, mostly because it faulted the process used by the state commission.

Craig said Monday he will continue to fight against discrimination.

He told supporters during the rally at the Colorado Capitol that he and his partner brought the case “because no one should have to face the shame, embarrassment and humiliation of being told ‘we don’t serve your kind here,'” the Associated Press reports.

Charlie Craig, right, joined by his partner, Dave Mullins, speaks during a rally in Denver after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a baker who refused to make a cake for their wedding Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

KMGH-Denver7 has video of the rally here.

> CLICK HERE for details of the Supreme Court ruling and background on the case.

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Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.