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12/10/2013 02:01 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jack Phillips, Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner, Says He'd Rather Go To Jail Than Make Gay Wedding Cake

The Colorado baker who was ordered to serve gay couples by a state judge says he'd rather go to jail than prepare a same-sex wedding cake.

"I do what I do because I love doing what I do and I believe it's what God's designed for me to do," Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, told Fox News' Elisabeth Hasselbeck via Raw Story. "I don't plan on giving up my religious beliefs ... I don't feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I'm participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for."

He then added, "My priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security."

Phillips' latest remarks echo statements he's made in previous interviews. Last year, he told local CBS affilate KCNC-TV that he has no problem with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) customers or staff members -- but nonetheless does not support gay 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," Phillips said. "We'll see."

Administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Dec. 6 that Masterpiece Cakeshop will face fines if Phillips continues to turn away same-sex couples who want to buy wedding cakes, the Associated Press reported.

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