Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), has praised Jack Phillips for refusing to cave in to “homosexual bullies.”

Phillips is the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

On Thursday, Phillips said he would appeal the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's order that he must serve all customers regardless of sexual orientation or face fines.

In 2012, Phillips 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.

(Related: Colorado Supreme Court orders Denver to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.)

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

“Americans should not be forced by the government – or by another citizen – to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,” said Phillips attorney, Nicolle Martin. “This is not about the people who asked for a cake; it's about the message the cake communicates. Just as Jack doesn't create baked works of art for other events with which he disagrees, he doesn't create cake art for same-sex ceremonies regardless of who walks in the door to place the order.”

“I clearly told them that I would make them birthday cakes, shower cakes, cookies and brownies,” Phillips said. “I just don't do cakes for same sex weddings.”

Perkins applauded Phillips' move, saying in a statement: “If you think Colorado's Masterpiece [Cakeshop] will give in to homosexual bullies, then you don't know Jack.”