A judge ruled Friday against a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer told suburban Denver-based Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips that he must serve all customers regardless of sexual orientation or face fines.

Phillips last year refused to consider baking a cake for Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, who have since married in Massachusetts and held a reception in Denver. Phillips said that serving the couple would violate his religious faith. Colorado recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions, not marriage.

The couple sued, claiming that Phillips' faith does not give him a right to discriminate.

Spencer ordered Phillips to “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples, but did not impose a fine.

Phillips' attorney Nicolle Martin told the AP that Phillips “can't violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck.”

“If Jack can't make wedding cakes, he can't continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice. It is antithetical to everything America stands for,” she said.

Martin would not say whether an appeal was in the offing.

Phillips previously stated that he would rather shutter his business of 20 years than support same-sex marriage.

“If it came to that point, we would close down the bakery before we would compromise our beliefs, so that may be what it comes to. We'll see,” he said, adding that it was “nothing personal” against gays.

“If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever. It's just the wedding cake – not the people, not their lifestyle,” he said.