The Justice Department told the Supreme Court on Thursday that ordering Christian baker Jack Phillips to make a wedding cake for a gay couple would violate his rights under the First Amendment.

The DOJ filed the amicus brief ahead of oral arguments in the case, saying the issue of religious freedom extends even to the realm of pastry shops.

"Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights," the DOJ said in the brief.

"In the view of the United States, a First Amendment intrusion occurs where a public accommodations law compels someone to create expression for a particular person or entity and to participate, literally or figuratively, in a ceremony or other expressive event," the brief added.

In 2012, Charlie Craig and his betrothed, David Mullins, asked Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colorado, to bake them a cake to celebrate their upcoming wedding.

When Phillips refused, citing his Christian beliefs that do no condone gay marriage, the couple protested on Facebook before they filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The commission sided with the gay couple with a little icing on their cake.

"For refusing to make the same-sex wedding cake, he [Phillips] was ordered by the state's Civil Rights Commission to undergo 're-education' training, change his store policies and file quarterly 'compliance' reports for two years," the Washington Times reported.

In the amicus brief, the Trump-aligned DOJ said the issue came down to pastry art as a matter of "pure speech." The wedding cake would constitute a sculptural centerpiece, which is "not an ordinary baked good," and serves the purpose of "communication."

Contrast this bizarre case with the mother in California who was unable to find a baker willing to make her 9-year-old son's pro-Trump birthday cake. She then made him one herself.

Liberals think they can have their cake and eat it too, but there's this little thing called the Constitution that keeps getting in their way.

Do you support the Justice Department's amicus brief siding with the Christian baker's refusal to make a gay wedding cake on religious grounds?

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