Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Padma Lakshmi, and Carla Hall are just a few of the over 35 celebrity chefs who have filed an amicus brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case on behalf of the same-sex couple that was refused a wedding cake by Denver baker Jack Phillips.
The ‘Chefs for Equality’ brief includes bakers, chefs, restaurateurs and other culinary industry leaders from every state, plus Washington D.C. In addition to food professionals from all over the country
The same is true of Phillips’s wedding cakes. Regardless of the creativity of his designs or the skill
with which he executes them, Phillips’s customers purchase a product intended to be consumed. If that
were not the case, there would be no reason for Phillips to “write, paint, and sculpt using mostly
edible materials like icing and fondant rather than ink and clay.” Pet. Br. 20. For that reason, the
comparison to “abstract painting[s] *** [and] modern sculpture[s],” Pet. Br. 20-21—items that presumably
have no purpose other than to reveal the expression of the artist—is inapt.
The Colorado Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals that bakery owner Jack Phillips cannot cite religious beliefs or free speech in order to discriminate against same-sex couples. Amicus briefs in support of the same-sex couple and the the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s deadline to file at the Supreme Court of the United States ended yesterday. Oral arguments will be heard by the Court on December 5th.
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