A baker who has repeatedly refused to make cakes for same-sex couples and transgender customers has been slapped with yet another lawsuit.
Here's the full story...
Now, this all started back in 2012.
Charlie Craig and David Mullin had paid a visit to the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to purchase a wedding cake.
However, the bakery's owner, Jack Phillip, refused their custom, citing his Christian beliefs.
He denied the request telling the couple that he does not make cakes for same-sex weddings.
Later that year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission on behalf of Craig and Mullins.
The case was highly publicized, and stirred up some strong reactions online.
woke mob targeting jack phillips again. understand the lengths the opposition is willing to go to in order to crush dissent. pic.twitter.com/qPU90Rmhik— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) March 23, 2021
The right to hold views that others don’t share is a quintessential American liberty. The right not to be prosecuted for expressing those views is another. The First Amendment protects Jack Phillips, not the haters who are persecuting him.https://t.co/82OnCkGMsy— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) March 23, 2021
Just stop giving him business. I would never grace his store. Hit him where it hurts.— Dana Smith (@tartardl) March 23, 2021
Come on, this has already happened more than once to this guy. He won. I don't agree with his religious views either but so what? If I wanted something to celebrate views he doesn't agree with, I'll give someone else my business.— Edens Relic (@EdensRelic) March 23, 2021
Leave the guy alone. His business. Let the market decide.— SteadyWarbler (@RonaldGarceau4) March 23, 2021
Who cares it’s his business. Don’t use him if you don’t like it.— Ritchie Law (@RitchieLaw2) March 23, 2021
I don't agree with this guy's politics. But it seems like ppl are asking him to bake a cake just to troll him...— ModelMinorityReport (@ModelMinorityRp) March 23, 2021
Why can't people leave this guy alone? There are SO MANY bakeries in Lakewood.— Connie Weiss 🇺🇸 (@connieaw) March 23, 2021
However, amid the proceedings of Craig and Mullins' case, Phillips became embroiled in even more controversy.
In 2017, transgender woman, Autumn Scardina, attempted to buy a cake from Phillips' company that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside.
The idea for the cake was to celebrate her official gender transition.
But, of course, Phillips refused her request.
As per The Independent, Scardina said she tried to place the order after finding out the high court had decided to hear Phillips' appeal.
Her lawyer, Paula Greisen, asked if the call was a "setup" to which she answered:
"It was more of calling someone's bluff."
Scardina went on to file a complaint with Colorado's Civil Rights Commission...
The suit cited Phillips' alleged violations of 2 state laws: the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA); and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (CCPA).
Well, Phillips responded by suing the state of Colorado...
With the claim that he was being persecuted for his religious beliefs.
In March 2019, both sides dropped their cases.
However, Scardina has now returned with her own lawsuit, claiming his bakery had falsely advertised it would "be happy to provide a variety of baked goods, including birthday cakes, to all members of the public, including LGBT individuals," as per Pink News.
Her legal team said Phillips "attempted to exploit the news coverage by stating they would sell birthday cakes to LGBT customers."
Denver district court judge, Bruce Jones, dismissed the CCPA complaint after Scardina's legal team "failed to establish an actionable unfair or deceptive trade practice… if [they] were engaged in such a stealth advertising campaign, they successfully disguised it within their speech on a matter of public concern."
Scardina's lawyer said this showed "a very narrow holding on a certain set of facts related to the Colorado Consumer Protection Act that has no bearing on the discrimination claim…"
"It has nothing to do with the merits of whether or not businesses are allowed to refuse service to the LGBTQ+ community."
Though the CADA claim wasn't dismissed, with the court document noting: "Plaintiff need not establish that her transgender status was the sole cause of the denial of services. Rather, she need only show that the discriminatory action was based, in whole or in part, on her protected status."
Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom who's representing Phillips, said in a statement:
"Tolerance for different opinions is essential. We look forward to defending Jack - and ultimately prevailing - on the remaining claim."
The case continues.