On a perfectly cool summer evening, Provo Pride hosted a “Eat Cake Love” bake sale on Sunday, just shy of one week after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision regarding the Colorado baker who sought religious protections from serving a same-sex couple.
The same-sex couple at the heart of the case, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, complained to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2012 after they visited Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver and the baker quickly told them he would not create a cake for their wedding celebration.
The justices’ decision turned on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against Phillips. The justices voted 7-2 that the commission violated Phillips’ rights under the First Amendment.
“The court reversed the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision based on concerns unique to the case but reaffirmed its longstanding rule that states can prevent the harms of discrimination in the marketplace, including against LGBT people.” said Louise Melling, the ACLU’s deputy legal director.
The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints voiced its support of the Supreme Court’s decision, saying that the nation’s laws can protect both religious liberty and the rights of LGBT citizens.
Dozens gathered in the Provo Even Stevens parking lot Sunday evening where three tents covered in pride flags doled out slices of cake, cupcakes and cookies available for $1 each as part of the bake sale supporting the local LGBTQ community.
Some of the money raised is expected to go toward Provo Pride’s portable pride center. The Provo Pride Council is a nonprofit organization based in Utah County working to provide resources to residents who identify as LGBTQ. Its annual Provo Pride Festival will be held Sept. 15.