Another Lawsuit Filed Against The Christian Baker – Isn’t This Harassment?
No case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October Term 2017 received more attention or raised more important issues than Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The underlying issue is profoundly significant: Does a business have a constitutional right to discriminate based on its owner’s beliefs?
The lawsuit was from a same-sex couple who claimed that Phillips refused to bake their wedding cake for religous purposes. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the baker’s religious rights and the case was dropped.
It was a victory for personal religious rights of small business owners. However, that victory was short-lived since a trans-person who originally sought to sue the small business is back at it again. The trans person’s suit came shortly after the same-sex couple’s lawsuit.
CBS Denver reported that the attorneys for a Denver woman greased the pan for yet another legal battle against a Lakewood bakery already burned around the edges from a series of heated civil rights fights. Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused in 2012 to bake a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a same-sex couple from Denver, on the basis of his religious beliefs.
“Three months after Colorado settled a discrimination case with the baker who refused to make a cake commemorating a gender transition, the transgender woman who was denied the cake sued the bakery herself.
In July 2017, Denver-based attorney Autumn Scardina asked Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, a devout Christian, to bake her a cake. Phillips refused, according to Scardina’s lawsuit, because she is transgender.
In addition to violating her civil rights, Scardina claims the bakery falsely advertised “they would be happy to provide a variety of baked goods, including birthday cakes, to all members of the public, including LGBT individuals.”
The two-year-long lawsuit nearly ruined Phillip’s business because he was unable to operate while his business was in question. During that time Phillips drew his own lawsuit against the state and commission for showing what he said was anti-religious bias. Phillips later agreed to drop the suit since winning the Supreme Court case against him.
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