Why not just make the cake? That’s a question countless people across the country started asking in 2012, our guest told two men who walked into his Masterpiece Cakeshop that he couldn’t create a custom cake for their same-sex wedding. And the question only grew more urgent as he had to defend himself first before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and then numerous courts—losing at every step of the way until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor in June 2018. But for our guest, there are deeper principles at stake—principles too precious to abandon for the sake of convenience and safety. These principles should be of concern to every American, including our guest’s adversaries. If the freedoms he has sought to protect are lost, they may never be regained.
Jack Phillips opened Masterpiece Cakeshop in 1993, where he, his wife, Debi, and their adult daughter, Lisa, continue to serve the community of Loveland, Colorado.