His lawyers accuse Colorado state of bullying

Jack Phillips, the baker from Colorado who shot into infamy after he went to U.S. Supreme Court for his refusal to bake a wedding cake to be served in a gay wedding, is now back in court. The 2012 event may repeat itself, now over a new and different cake. His lawyers put forward the argument of Colorado Civil Rights Commission harassing their client after he replied in the negative when requested to bake a cake for an attorney from Denver who underwent gender transition.

State officials have asked for the dismissal of the case. The Judge, however, said he would permit the case to go forward. He also said a written ruling would be provided later in time. As per the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, it is discrimination towards Autumn Scardina, a Denver attorney, as she identifies as transgender. Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to bake the cake when Scardina informed them of her intention to celebrate her male to female transition.

In June, the Supreme Court made the decision to partially uphold the choice made by Phillips to not make a previously ordered wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The cake shop owner made the decision for religious reasons. Lawyers acting on behalf of Phillips have now filed a case to bar the state from taking any action against the Colorado baker in yet another allegation of bias. The request was the same day the Supreme Court would hear Phillips’ appeal to the previous case involving David Mullins and Charlie Craig. The court ruled the Colorado Commission exhibited anti-religious bias when it gave its approval to Phillips’ refusing to bake the cake. The argument was that prosecuting a religious man means violating the First Amendment rights of the baker.

Lawyers representing Phillips have alleged the Colorado state has engaged in what they term “unconstitutional bullying.” The lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom non-profit law firm have filed a case against the Colorado state administration headed by John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Governor. The other defendants are the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. According to Phillips’ lawyers, he is “just a guy who is trying to get back to life. The problem is the state of Colorado won’t let him.”


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