Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who famously defeated a lawsuit when he was sued for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding, just lost a similar lawsuit. Liberals targeted him with a request for a cake celebrating a transgender person’s transition. It was known at the outset that he would refuse. And when he did indeed refuse, he was targeted by a lawsuit.
On June 26, 2017 attorney Autumn Scardina made the request for a cake with a blue exterior and pink interior to celebrate the “transition” from male to female. TheBlaze reports that things didn’t go so well for Phillips this time around:
Phillips, who notched a pyrrhic victory at the Supreme Court in 2018 over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, used essentially the same argument in his denial of Scardina: that as a devout Christian, he cannot “create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in conflict with his religious beliefs.”
During court proceedings, Phillips’ lawyers explained that he “believes as a matter of religious conviction that sex — the status of being male or female — is given by God, is biologically determined, is not determined by perceptions or feelings, and cannot be chosen or changed.”
After Scardina’s initial lawsuit, which was pursued through the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, failed, the attorney filed another lawsuit, this time taking the complaint to the state court. That avenue has proven fruitful for Scardina’s cause.
In the decision, Judge Jones wrote, “Anti-discrimination laws are intended to ensure that members of our society who have historically been treated unfairly, who have been deprived of even the every-day right to access businesses to buy products, are no longer treated as ‘others.'”
“Radical activists and government officials are targeting artists like Jack because they won’t promote messages on marriage and sexuality that violate their core convictions,” Phillips’ attorney says in a statement. “We will appeal this decision and continue to defend the freedom of all Americans to peacefully live and work according to their deeply held beliefs without fear of punishment.”
This is a miscarriage of justice, and it must be corrected.