Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. (Courtesy of masterpiececakes.com)
Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. (Courtesy of masterpiececakes.com)

A group of African-American civil rights activists have come to the defense of Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Three conservative African-American public policy groups — the Frederick Douglass Foundation, Star Parker’s Center of Urban Renewal and Education and pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger’s Radiance Foundation — have launched a website, WeGotYourBackJack.com, in support of Phillips’ First Amendment right.

Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop, who cites his religious freedom, will argue his case in December before the Supreme Court.

The website was announced Monday at a press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in D.C., where the activists who spoke in defense of Phillips included Dean Nelson, chair and co-founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, and the Rev. William Avon Keen, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Virginia.

“Jack is somebody to be admired and someone who is standing for what he believes in,” Nelson, who also heads African-American affairs at the social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council, said in a video featured on the website.

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