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Colorado rights commission and anti-LGBTI baker end legal battle

Colorado rights commission and anti-LGBTI baker end legal battle

Anti-LGBTI baker Jack Phillips (Photo: Twitter)

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission and renowned anti-LGBTI baker Jack Phillips dropped cases against one another on Tuesday (5 March).

The CCRC sued Philipps for refusing to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition in 2017.

Philipps, in turn, filed a case accusing the CCRC of persecuting him because of his Christian faith.

Philipps last year won a six-year legal battle over his refusal to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

But, on Tuesday, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Phillips’ lawyers came to an agreement to drop both cases, according to the Associated Press.

Weiser said both sides ‘agreed it was not in anyone’s best interest to move forward with these cases’.

Phillips’ lawyers and other conservative campaigners, however, heralded the move as a second win.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which supported Phillips’ case, said there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ of government hostility toward Phillips.

‘ Today is a win for freedom’ Phillips said according to the ADF’s website.

‘I have and will always serve everyone who comes into my shop; I simply can’t celebrate events or express messages that conflict with my religious beliefs’.

Denver’s renowned baker

Phillips is the owner of Masterpiece Bakery in Denver, Colorado.

In June last year, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Phillips for refusing make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a case that began back in 2012.

The court voted 7-2 against the same-sex couple.

Phillips cited his religious objections to marriage equality and claimed he was fighting for the rights of ‘creative artists’ to choose what they sell.

The Court ruled the CCRC had showed anti-religious bias when it sanctioned Phillips for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake in 2012.

The court did not rule on whether businesses can refuse service to LGBTI people based on religious objections, however.

Last year, Autumn Scardina, called Masterpiece about a birthday cake. She mentioned the cake was to be decorated with white, blue, and pink—the colors of the transgender flag.

She also said the cake would celebrate her transition which coincides with her birthday.

After Phillips’ refusal to bake the cake, she subsequently filed a complaint with the CCRC.

The CCRC determined, with probable cause, that Phillips discriminated against Scardina due to her gender identity. This is in violation of the state’s public accommodation laws.

See also

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