Supporters Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For Anti-Gay Colorado Baker

Supporters Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For Anti-Gay Colorado Baker
Baker Jack Phillips refused to bake wedding cake for same-sex marriage

As we’ve seen in the past with other businesses who chose to not serve LGBTs, the friends of a Colorado baker have launched a crowd-funding campaign to help offset the penalties the baker has incurred by violating the state’s public accommodation laws:

“Cake artist” Jack Phillips has said his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, has lost more than a third of its receipts since he stopped making all wedding cakes while the case makes its way through the legal system.

“We hope it will relieve some of the financial pressure on Jack,” his brother-in-law, Jim Sander, said of the new fundraising effort in a phone interview Friday with The Daily Signal. “A business that has a 10 percent loss is a big deal in the Wall Street Journal. So a 40 percent loss is a big hit.”

Sander said the “crowdfunding” campaign, through the website Continue to Give, a Christian-oriented service, went online Thursday afternoon—hours after the Colorado Court of Appeals decided Phillips and his business must provide cakes for gay marriages. The mission: Financially support Phillips, 59, and “protect his freedom of speech and freedom of religion.” The goal: Raise $200,000.

At this writing, six percent (or about $12K) has been raised by the campaign.