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May 30, 2014 1:37 PM

Panel: Colorado baker must make cakes for gay weddings

DENVER (AP) - A state panel is ordering a Colorado baker to make cakes for gay weddings.

Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on Friday upheld a judge's ruling that baker Jack Phillips cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples. The panel says doing so violates state laws prohibiting businesses from discriminating against gay people.

Phillips is a devout Christian who says he will make other cakes for gay couples but not ones for weddings. He was sued by a gay couple after refusing to make a cake for their reception.

The commission also ordered Phillips' business to make quarterly reports for two years on any antidiscrimination training for staff and on any other gay couples turned away. Phillips can appeal the ruling to the state court of appeals.

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