His bake shop prospered as the city grew into a busy, commercial suburb of Denver. Phillips said his phone started ringing and didn't stop for several days. Phillips said he endured death threats, garbage thrown at his shop and thousands of negative messages on his shop's website. The outcome will probably depend on Justice Anthony M. Mullins and Craig counter that it was certainly hurtful to turn them away, and they dispute their case involves free expression.
On the national map, these laws mirror the divide between blue and red states.
He met Mullins through a mutual friend, and they dated for several years. This rule was invoked in early disputes over gay rights. Until this year, religious rights claims had little success in the courts. Phillips "does not convey a message supporting same-sex marriages merely by abiding by the law," the state court concluded. Phillips, 61, recalled growing up in Lakewood when it was mostly trees, fields and two-lane roads.