Denver PrideFest and the GLBT Community Center of Colorado (The Center) are proud to announce the Grand Marshals for the 2018 Coors Light PrideFest Parade, David Mullins and Charlie Craig.
“Charlie and David have faced an incredible battle standing up for their civil rights,” said CEO Debra Pollock. “Thanks to their determination, they are making a statement in support of civil rights for all Americans.”
David and Charlie, along with Charlie’s mother, visited masterpiece Cakeshop in July of 2012 to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Upon learning that the cake was for a same-sex wedding, the shop’s owner immediately informed the couple that he would not make a cake for them because of his religious beliefs. With the help of the ACLU of Colorado, the couple brought their case first to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court. Through many setbacks, they have stood their ground and pursued this case for more than five years. Following oral arguments in December 2017, the Court is expected to hand down a decision in the case in June of 2018.
In this short film by Kevin Campbell, we hear Charlie and David’s story firsthand and learn why this case is about more than cake. It is about Colorado’s public accommodations law and demonstrates why all American’s must be treated equally. The case demonstrates that religious beliefs are not legitimate reasons to discriminate against a member of the public or deny service at a business open to the public.