Two months ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop didn’t have to participate in a same-sex wedding by creating a custom cake for the occasion. In the process, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was smacked down for their deep hostility to Phillips’ religious beliefs.
It seems the commission was just getting started in their harassment of Phillips.
On June 26, 2017, the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to take up, an attorney asked Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male to female. Phillips declined the request because the custom cake would have expressed messages about sex and gender identity that conflict with his religious beliefs. Less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled for Phillips in his first case, the state surprised him by to believe that Colorado law requires him to create the requested gender-transition cake.
“The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs,” said [Alliance Defending Freedom] Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner. “Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him—something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do. Neither Jack nor any other creative professionals should be targeted by the government for living consistently with their religious beliefs.”
This time, Jack isn’t just playing defense. Attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom, who won the Supreme Court case last June, filed a Tuesday against those officials for doubling down on their anti-religious hostility.late
“The Constitution stands as a bulwark against state officials who target people—and seek to ruin their lives—because of the government’s anti-religious animus. For over six years now, Colorado has been on a crusade to crush Plaintiff Jack Phillips … because its officials despise what he believes and how he practices his faith. 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. 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.”
Kudos to Jack, Masterpiece Cakes, and the Alliance Defending Freedom for taking on the bully bureaucrats in Colorado. Here’s a video of the man behind the lawsuit, celebrating his win at the Supreme Court.