How a wedding cake became a cause

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The battle over whether businesses have the right to cite religion in refusing to serve gay weddings stems from a brief encounter at a Colorado cake shop.

Owner Jack Phillips told a gay couple he wouldn't make a cake for their wedding reception. They sued and won. It became one of several incidents that inspired proposed legislation allowing business owners to refuse service based on their religion.

Most of the bills died after a national outcry that they would permit discrimination. But Phillips says he has the right to follow his conscience. The couple says they are glad they pushed the case as part of the long struggle for gay people to be treated equally.

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