Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, has been sued a third time for refusing to bake a cake to celebrate a gender transition. Autumn Scardina, the woman who is suing Phillips, claims his refusal to bake the cake is discrimination.
According to Fox News, “Scardina claims Phillips violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act and Consumer Protection Act for refusing to bake a “birthday cake” celebrating the plaintiff’s gender transition, which was to be blue on the outside and pink on the inside, symbolizing a transition from male to female.”
The suit began in 2018, and the cases were dropped in March due to”anti-religious hostility” from the state toward the bakery, however Scardina decided to pursue separate litigation against Phillips.
“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,” Paula Griesen, one of the attorneys representing Scardina, told the local CBS station. “We don’t believe they’ve been honest with the public.”
Phillips says the new lawsuit is just “rehashing” old complaints and he’s being targeted for his religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court ruled last year on a different lawsuit against Phillips. In 2012, he refused to make a cake for a same sex couple.
“The government, consistent with the Constitution’s guarantee of free exercise, cannot impose regulations that are hostile to the religious beliefs of affected citizens and cannot act in a manner that passes judgment upon or presupposes the illegitimacy of religious beliefs and practices,” read the Court’s opinion.