A cake shop owner in Colorado who is facing discrimination charges after he refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding told Fox News he’d rather go to jail than make the order.
“Fox & Friends” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewed Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips Tuesday in a segment called “The Death of Free Enterprise.”
Phillips was ordered by a judge to comply with the gay couple’s cake order, but he says he won’t do it.
“I do believe that the United States constitution as well as the Colorado constitution both protect my right to freely practice my religious beliefs while I’m at my work,” he said.
He said he offered to give the couple a non-wedding cake.
“I offered to do other cakes, birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell them cookies and brownies,” Phillips said. “I just don’t do same sex weddings. At which time, they got up and left.”
“I don’t believe that I have to drop my religious convictions at any time, for any reason,” he said.
He appeared on the show with his attorney, Nicole Martin, who says his right to refuse service over a gay wedding is protected under the First Amendment.
“If the government can force you to violate your belief under the threat of a jail sentence, there is really no freedom they can’t take away, Elisabeth,” Martin said.
“Jack, are you willing to go to jail for your religious beliefs here?” asked Hasselbeck.
“You know if that’s what it takes, I guess I would be,” he responded.
Judge Robert N. Spencer ordered the cake shop to fill the gay couple’s order on Friday and warned it will incur a fine if it continues to turn away gay couples asking for wedding cakes.
The couple who made the order, Charlie Craig and David Mullins was married in Massachusetts but wanted a cake to celebrate in Colorado. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2012.