Colo. court lets government punishment of cake artist stand, rejects his First Amendment freedoms

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco regarding a Colorado Court of Appeals decision Thursday in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Craig, regarding a cake artist who declined to use his artistic abilities to promote and endorse their same-sex ceremony even though other cake artists were willing to do the job:

“Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live and work consistent with their faith. Government has a duty to protect people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally rather than force them to adopt the government’s views. Jack simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message with which he disagrees. The court is wrong to deny Jack his fundamental freedoms. We will discuss further legal options.”
  • Pronunciation guide: Tedesco  (Tuh-DESS’-koh)

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