Have Your Cake and Eat It Too? A Masterpiece Cakeshop Panel Discussion

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The panelists discussed whether Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, may decline requests to custom-design wedding cakes and other custom-designed baked goods whenever the message he would be asked to convey is in conflict with his religious beliefs. In their petition to the Supreme Court, Masterpiece Cakeshop and Phillips argue that Phillips is free to decline such requests because the custom-design elements of each of his wedding cakes makes his artwork an integral part of each couple’s celebration. In his view, if he cannot be compelled to participate in the celebration itself, he should not be compelled to provide desired artwork either.

A summary of the event is available here.

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