It’s been a long and tiring Monday for Charlie Craig and David Mullins.
The couple whose civil rights fight led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of the baker who refused them a wedding cake has spent the day at the office of Americans for Civil Liberties, which represented them in the six-year-long court fight.
Craig and Mullins have been deluged with media requests, one after another, to the point where they haven’t actually read Justice Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning behind siding with Jack Phillips of the Lakewood bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop.
“It’s been a rough day,” said Mullins, who called the decision disappointing but added, “it’s not over.”
Monday’s ruling won’t deter them from what has become a national conversation, they told Colorado Politics. Despite that ruling, they’re proud of living in a state that protects their civil rights,
“Just because we lost today” does not mean the Colorado anti-discrimination act is no longer in effect, Mullins added.
Craig said that when they were turned away from Phillips’ bakery in 2012, they weren’t even aware that Colorado had an anti-discrimination law. “It was really great to know that Colorado protected us and has sided with us this entire time,” he said.
The fight has led them to become a national voice for rights, and as they help spread the word about civil rights protections for LGBT people.
“If we didn’t know about them, who else didn’t know?” Craig said.
They’ve also become the voices for those in the LGBT community who weren’t able to stand up for themselves. “We’ve tried to take on their voices, too. That’s been very humbling to be part of this civil rights movement,” Craig said.
So what does the future hold for the couple? Mullins said they’re going to continue to support efforts to achieve equality for LGBT people, although what that looks like right now is unknown.
“Living in Colorado as a gay person, I’ve always been able to be myself,” Craig said, adding that he wants everyone else to go about their day-to-day lives without fear of being turned away from a business because of who they are.