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Colorado cake case may go to higher court


DENVER (AP) -- An ACLU attorney calls it "a proud day for equality and for upholding the law." Ria Mar is reacting to the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling against a Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Mar says, "No one should be turned away from a shop or restaurant because of who they are or who they love."

The court said baker Jack Phillips is free to believe what he wants -- but that under the state's anti-discrimination law, if he wants his business open to the public, he is prohibited "from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation."

The decision is the latest victory for gay couples, who have won similar cases in other states.

One of Phillips' attorneys says he was simply exercising the freedom to "decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message with which he disagrees." Jeremy Tedesco says the court is wrong to deny Phillips "his fundamental freedoms."

Lawyers for Phillips have said they'd consider taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. But any appeal would first go to Colorado's Supreme Court.

Phillips has been facing fines if he kept refusing to make wedding cakes for gay couples. So his lawyers say he stopped making them altogether.

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