A Christian baker in Colorado is being sued for the third time after allegedly refusing to make a cake for a transgender woman.
Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado previously made headlines for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
This time, a transgender woman named Autumn Scardina filed court documents that accused Phillips of refusing to bake her a cake to celebrate her gender transition.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme court ruled in Phillips’ favor after he was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The justices determined in 7-2 vote that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated anti-religious bias against Phillips and had violated his First Amendment rights.
Scardina, the transgender woman, placed the order for her cake on the same day that the Supreme Court made its decision regarding Phillips’ rights.
After Phillips declined Scardina’s request to make her a cake, Scardina filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
The State of Colorado then filed a lawsuit against Phillips on Scardina’s behalf. Phillips responded by filing a counter-lawsuit against the State of Colorado. Phillips claimed in his lawsuit that he was being persecuted due to his Christian beliefs. The case revealed the state was displaying “anti-religious hostility” by pursuing Phillips. However, Phillips and the State of Colorado both dropped their lawsuits in March 2019.
Scardina, who is also an attorney, is now attempting another lawsuit against Phillips. Scardina is now suing Phillips in federal district court instead of with the State of Colorado. Scardina claims Phillips is practicing “discrimination and unfair trade practices.”
“Masterpiece cakeshop said before the supreme court they would serve any baked good ..to members of the LGBTQ community. It was just the religious significance of it being a wedding cake. We don’t believe they’ve been honest with the public.” – Paula Griesen, Attorney for Autumn Scardina
Phillips and his attorney issued a response to the lawsuit, saying it rehashed old claims. The senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, says the latest lawsuit is an extension of the anti-Christian bigotry that motivated the other suits against Phillips.