Christian cake baker's second lawsuit can go forward, federal judge says

Catholic News Agency | 1/7/2019 | Staff
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Denver, Colo., Jan 7, 2019 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado baker who already won a U.S. Supreme Court case may proceed with a second lawsuit claiming the state of Colorado is again wrongly prosecuting him, this time for declining to bake a cake celebrating a “gender transition,” a federal court ruled Friday.

Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, was plaintiff in a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled he was wrongfully prosecuted for declining to bake a cake marking a same-sex wedding ceremony on the grounds that doing so would violate his religious beliefs.

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While the state of Colorado has tried to argue that the federal courts should dismiss a second lawsuit against members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a federal judge did not agree.

Jim Campbell, senior counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, argued on behalf of Phillips before the U.S. District Court.

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“The same agency that the Supreme Court rebuked as hostile to Jack Phillips has remained committed to treating him unequally and forcing him to express messages that violate his religious beliefs,” Campbell said Jan. 7.

“Colorado is acting in bad faith and with bias toward Jack,” Campbell continued. “We look forward to moving forward with this lawsuit to ensure that Jack isn’t forced to create custom cakes that express messages in conflict with his faith.”

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Phillips, a Christian, also does not create cakes that demean those who identify as LGBT, express racism, celebrate Halloween, promote marijuana, or celebrate Satan, Alliance Defending Freedom said.

Autumn Scardina, a Colorado attorney celebrating the seventh anniversary of a “male-to-female gender transition” asked for a cake signifying this transition, pink on the inside and blue on the outside. Phillips declined to make the cake because doing so would violate his religious beliefs.

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