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Supporters Rally For Gay Couple After Wedding Cake Ruling

DENVER (CBS4)- Dozens of supporters rallied behind the gay couple on the steps of the state Capitol after the Supreme Court ruling in favor of a baker from Lakewood.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop after owner refuses gay couple
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It was a case that pitted gay rights against religious interests, brought by a Jack Phillips, a Christian baker in Lakewood who refused to make a wedding cake for two gay men.

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Cake artist Jack Phillips speaks to members of the media in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Phillips said his cakes are artistic expression and that creating a cake celebrating gay marriage violates his religious beliefs.

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It started back when Charlie Craig and David Mullins went into Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2012 and asked for a cake for their wedding reception. Phillips refused.

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(L-R) Charlie Craig, Dave Mullins and his mother Debbie Munn stand before to supporters before entering the Supreme Court building Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. Craig and Mullins filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after conservative Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex ceremony. (credit: CBS)

Craig and Mullins said Phillips discriminated against them and violated their civil rights.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case in December. In their decision posted on Monday, the justices ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission didn't maintain religious neutrality when it ruled against Phillips.

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Jack Phillips. (credit: CBS4)

"We've never disagreed with his religious convictions, we just think when you open your doors to the public you have to serve everyone equal," said Craig.

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David Mullins and Charlie Craig at the rally on Monday (credit: CBS)

At the rally, supporters carried signs reading "Dissent is patriotic" and rainbow flags. They said the decision does very little in the fight for equal rights in this country.

"Just that fact this question is open, that this is continually being argued.. I'm feeling it, very, very personally," said one rally goer Kelsey Green.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper was at the rally. He said the decision doesn't change Colorado laws against discrimination.

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"Today is no different than yesterday. Nobody has a license to discriminate," said Hickenlooper.

The owner of the cake shop was not available for public comment after the decision was announced. There is a sign on the bake shop stating that he is out of town until Thursday.

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