Anti-Gay Baker Refuses To Make Transgender Cake, Files Lawsuit
Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, made news in June when he prevailed in the U.S. Supreme Court after denying a gay couple a wedding cake.
Phillips is back in the news after refusing service to Autumn Scardina, a transgender lawyer.
Scardina wanted a birthday cake to coincide with her anniversary of coming out as transgender.
Scardina wanted a cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside, but the Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to make the cake.
Scardina filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC), notes ThinkProgress:
The woman on the phone did not object to my request for a birthday cake until I told her I was celebrating my transition from male to female. I believe that other people who request birthday cakes get to select the color and theme of the cake.
In June, the CCRC issued a probable cause determination that Phillips had violated state laws that do not allow discrimination in public accommodations on account of transgender status.
Phillips — who is represented by the pro-Christian, anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — filed a lawsuit on Aug. 14 against officials in the CCRC. The lawsuit claims the CCRC “harbors hostility” against Phillips, who wants Scardina’s complaint dismissed.