Last Updated on April 13, 2020
Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who litigated his First Amendment rights to refuse service to a gay couple for six years, is once again being sued
This time, according to Christian Post, Phillips is being sued for refusing to bake a cake for a “gender transition birthday party.”
In 2012, he refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, citing his Christian religious beliefs. After six long years and a court battle with against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that took him all the way to the Supreme Court, Phillips’ right to refuse service on First Amendment grounds was affirmed.
“Despite the high court’s 7-2 ruling in his favor two years ago, which found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ on the basis of Phillips’ religion and violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the same state agency pursued another case against Phillips because he declined to make a cake celebrating transgenderism,” Christian Post reported.
After winning the gay wedding cake case, the second case, which would have forced him to bake a cake celebrating transgenderism, was dropped when Phillips filed a harassment lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commissions.
But now, another transgender activist is after Phillips’ livelihood.
Autumn Scardina, a biological male, wants more than $100,000 in damages from Phillips for refusing to bake him a custom “gender transition” cake.
“Scardina is now claiming in this latest legal action, which was filed in the District Court for the city and county of Denver, that Phillips violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act and Consumer Protection Act by refusing to bake what the plaintiff said was a birthday cake,” Christian Post said.
The Alliance Defending Freedom is once again defending Phillips.