Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who earlier this year won a United States Supreme Court case over his refusal on religious grounds to make a same-sex wedding cake, is back in court over his objection to making a transgender-themed cake.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Phillips, arguing that the Christian baker had been mistreated by Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission due to his sincerely-held religious beliefs.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group that successfully argued Phillips’ case before the high court, filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Phillips regarding the latest case.
At issue was a decision by Colorado a few weeks after the Supreme Court decision, in which the state ruled that Phillips had violated the law by refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition.
ADF filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and named as defendants members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, as well as Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Governor John Hickenlooper.
“After Phillips defended himself all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won, he thought Colorado’s hostility toward his faith was over. He was wrong,” reads the suit’s introduction.
“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. This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips.”
According to the suit, last year a Colorado lawyer requested that Phillips make a cake celebrating a gender transition, with the exterior being blue and an interior that was pink.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski