Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, is in trouble again after he refused to bake a custom cake for a transgender woman despite the Supreme Court affirming that it was constitutional for Phillips to deny service based on his personal beliefs.
Autumn Scardina filed the complaint against the baker. Scardina asked Phillips in June 2017 to bake a cake to celebrate her transition.
Phillips and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to fight the complaint. According to The Daily Caller, Kristen Waggoner, an ADF attorney representing Phillips, explained that the state is unfairly singling the baker out:
“The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs. Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him — something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do.”
Scardina is an attorney and had called the bakery the day that the high court agreed to hear the original case against Phillips. Phillips' attorneys believe this was an attempt to renew the controversy that was put to rest by the Supreme Court decision.
“Colorado has renewed its war against him by embarking on another attempt to prosecute him, in direct conflict with the Supreme Court's ruling in his favor,” the lawsuit reads. “This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado's continuing persecution of Phillips.”
Some conservatives took to Twitter to share their concerns with the situation:
Liberals say social media platforms can ban conservatives for any reason because they’re ‘private companies.’ Then sue Masterpiece Cakeshop for not making a special ‘transgender cake’ for someone cuz they want artists forced to make special artwork for them.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 15, 2018
So the woman who called Masterpiece Cakeshop and asked for a cake celebrating her transition was “stunned” to discover they wouldn't.
The date in question— June 26, 2017— is the same day SCOTUS granted cert to the Masterpiece case.
She's a local lawyer.
Come on. pic.twitter.com/DlPPYcjNCw
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) August 15, 2018
However, in a statement to HuffPost, Anti-Violence Project spokesperson Eliel Cruz claimed that these actions were discriminating and a limitation of access to goods and services:
“This is a concerted effort by Phillips, in concert with designated hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, to push anti-LGBTQ discrimination under the guise of so-called religious freedom. These continued infringements on LGBTQ people's access to public goods and services cultivates a culture of violence against us by promoting a narrative that LGBTQ people are less than. Sexual orientation or gender identity should not prohibit anyone from being treated with dignity and respect at any establishment.”
According to the lawsuit, Phillips' team will be arguing that the state acted in bad faith and that the complaint should be thrown out.