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Gay men defend Christian baker who turned down gay wedding cake

by Tola Mbakwe

Two men, known as TJ and Matt, said they believe Jack Phillips' faith should not infringe on his artistic freedom.

In a video posted by ADF International, which is supporting Masterpiece Cake shop in court, they said: "Hi, I'm TJ, and I'm Matt, we're gay and we're here to support Jack buy stuff from him, and support him because we don't think any artist should be forced to create for something that violates their beliefs."

Phillips, who is from Lakewood in Colorado, opened a case at the US Supreme Court earlier this year over the issue.

He was told in 2014 by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that it was illegal to refuse the work and that he should re-educate his staff.

Two years earlier, he had declined an order, claiming his faith meant he could not design a cake promoting same-sex marriage.

ADF International has said the government cannot make Phillips create art that expresses a message he does not agree with.

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