Jack Phillips, a self-identified Christian who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, told "The View" on June 30 that Jesus would not have made a wedding cake for a same-sex couple (video below).
Phillips refused service to a gay couple -- Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig -- in 2012 when they asked him to make a wedding cake. Phillips was found guilty in 2014 of violating Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act.
Phillips told "The View" co-hosts: "I serve everybody all the time, but I don't make every cake for every event that's required."
"It's a difficult thing to be in my position and know that somebody is requesting something that I can't in good conscience do," Phillips added.
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Phillips was asked by one of the co-hosts if he also refused heterosexual couples who are having premarital sex or have had a child out of wedlock, acts which are also forbidden in the Bible.
Phillips did not address those specific instances of non-biblical behavior, but repeated his previous answer: "Again, I don't judge people when they come in. I try to serve everybody. I don't make every cake for every event that's asked of me."
When asked about his specific belief that stops him from making a cake for a gay couple, Phillips replied: "I believe the Bible clearly teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman."
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Phillips insisted that he was not judging the same-sex couple whom he denied service to: "I'm not judging these two gay men who came in. I'm just trying to preserve my right as an artist to decide which artistic endeavors I'm going to do and which ones I'm not."
Phillips added that he would not make cakes for adult-themed or Halloween parties, nor would he make cakes that contained anti-American themes or disparaging messages.
Co-host Paula Faris asked Phillips what Jesus would do in his situation.
"Would he have made the cake?" Phillips responded. "I don't believe he would have, because that would have contradicted the rest of the biblical teaching ... I don't believe that Jesus would have made a cake if he had been a baker."
Co-host Joy Behar countered: "Come on, Jesus would have made the cake. You can believe the Bible and everything, but Jesus, that's a deal breaker. Jesus is gonna make the cake."
Phillips' lawyer Kristen Waggoner, of the Christian-based Alliance Defending Freedom, insisted that Jesus would not have contradicted his teachings.
The Bible contains no instances of Jesus mentioning homosexuality, but there are verses against homosexuals and homosexual activity in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Phillips lost his case in 2015 to the Colorado Court of Appeals, and is appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, notes HuffPost.