Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips can’t seem to get away from lawsuits as a customer is knocking him with a third one over the baker’s past refusal to cook up an LGBTQ custom cake.
The conservative owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado found himself under fire in previous years for his refusal to bake a same-sex marriage cake in 2012, and later a gender transition cake, due to his religious beliefs.
He faced two previous lawsuits, but in February, the latest case was dropped after the two attorneys came to an agreement, as IJR Red previously reported.
“I have and will always serve everyone who comes into my shop; I simply can’t celebrate events or express messages that conflict with my religious beliefs,” Phillips said at the time, adding, “Today is a win for freedom.”
However, Phillips is facing criticism once again over what his senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom Jim Campbell claims to be used to “rehash old claims.”
The third lawsuit was filed on June 5 against the Colorado baker by the same person who filed the previous lawsuit regarding the transition cake from male to female, Autumn Scardina.
“A new lawsuit has been filed against Masterpiece Cakeshop that appears to largely rehash old claims,” Campbell told The Daily Signal.
Scardina is going after Phillips in the latest lawsuit over discrimination and unfair trade practices because, as one of Scardina’s attorneys, Paula Greisen, told CBS4:
“The dignity of all citizens in our state needs to be honored. 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.”
However, Campbell said that the newest lawsuit is “yet another desperate attempt to harass cake artist Jack Phillips” and “it stumbles over the one detail that matters most: Jack serves everyone; he just cannot express all messages through his custom cakes.”