Court hears discrimination case over wedding cake

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:33 AM

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony is defending his decision.

An attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver says the baker has a right not to spread a message with which he disagrees.

But a lawyer representing a gay couple argued that the baker's faith doesn't give him a right to discriminate.

An administrative judge in Colorado's Civil Rights Commission heard the case Wednesday morning. A ruling is expected later this week.

The bakery owner faces a $500 fine if the judge rules he illegally discriminated against the couple.

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