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Human Rights Campaign representatives held a brief press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court prior to delivering an amicus brief in support of equality and gay couples in the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, on Monday, October 30, 2017.

Sometimes a cake is just a cake, though at least one side in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission would have the U.S. Supreme Court decide otherwise. The basic facts in this now-notorious litigation begin with a same-sex couple entering a storefront near Denver, Colorado, to purchase a cake for a party celebrating their wedding. The couple could not be married in Colorado, which at that point had not recognized same-sex marriage, so they were to be married elsewhere and then return to their home state for the party. The bakery was open to the public to sell wedding, birthday and other specialty cakes. Though the cakes could be plain or fancy, Masterpiece took pride in creating elaborate icing and other 3-D or painted decorations for their products. When the couple asked to purchase a cake for their wedding party in Colorado, Masterpiece refused, no questions asked. The couple never got to the point of selecting a decoration, a theme or the specific icing and color combinations to be applied to a baked combination of flour, eggs and related ingredients.

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