Masterpiece Cakeshop owner sues Colorado over gender transition cake

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop is suing the state of Colorado for a second time, after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found in June that his refusal to bake a gender transition cake was discriminatory.

The recent Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which involved Phillips’ being held liable by the same commission for not baking a cake for a gay wedding, delicately skirted the issue of religious discrimination. Though the Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff on the basis that anti-religious bias was shown in commission deliberations, it made no decision concerning the constitutionality of service refusal on religious grounds.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys representing Phillips in the current gender transition cake case contend that the most recent commission finding is part of a pattern of persecution by the government because of his religious beliefs.

“For over six years now, Colorado has been on a crusade to crush Plaintiff Jack Phillips … because its officials despise what he believes and how he practices his faith,” the lawsuit claims.

Phillips’ lawyers further claim that the commission’s finding is in opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the wedding cake case. Governor John Hickenlooper (a defendant in the new suit) expects the case to bring the issue of religion-based discrimination back to the Supreme Court.

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