Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to bake LGBTQ cakes because it would violate his religious beliefs — and he just gained victory in the long-fought legal battle.
The legal case ended on Tuesday as a Colorado attorney and Phillips’ attorney both agreed to end the second dispute over the transgender cake, as Fox News reported.
Phillips found himself in legal trouble when he refused to bake a custom cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside for Autumn Scardina, an attorney, who wanted cake for her gender transition from male to female.
The Colorado baker was also known for a 2012 case where he denied baking a cake for same-sex couple Charlier Craig and Dave Mullins for their wedding.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jim Campbell of the firm representing Phillips said on Tuesday he hopes the state is “done going along with obvious efforts to harass Jack,” adding, Phillips “shouldn’t be driven out of business just because some people disagree with his religious beliefs and his desire to live consistently with them.”
Colorado attorney general Phil Weiser said in a statement on Tuesday:
“After careful consideration of the facts, both sides agreed it was not in anyone’s best interest to move forward with these cases. The larger constitutional issues might well be decided down the road, but these cases will not be the vehicle for resolving them.”
“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 in a statement, adding, “Today is a win for freedom.”
Appearing on Fox Nation’s “Starnes Country” with Todd Starnes, Phillips and one of his attorneys, Alliance Defending Freedom’s Kristen Waggoner, discussed the Colorado baker’s recent victory in the Supreme Court.
Waggoner noted Phillips was also previously asked to make a Satan cake after the gender transition cake request.
“Even though I serve everybody that comes in my shop and always have for 25 years, it’s just the message of the cake that I might not be able to create,” Phillips said, because of his Christian beliefs.
The attorney blasted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for having “incredible hostility and anti-religious bias.”
“[I had to] make a decision as a Christian and as an American because there are certain messages I won’t promote,” Phillips said.
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Now that seven years of a legal battle is over, Phillips said he’s hoping to put it all behind him and “[get] on with life.”