A Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2018 now won’t bake one for a transgender woman’s birthday.
Jack Phillips, the baker in question, won a partial victory in the same-sex couple cake case at the U.S. Supreme Court. On the same day that the court announced it would hear Phillips’ appeal, attorney Autumn Scardina attempted to order the transgender birthday cake — which was to be blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate her gender transition.
Citing his Christian beliefs, Phillips said he would make a cake for a gay couple, just not one celebrating their wedding. Meanwhile, Scardina’s lawsuit is just the latest in a series of cases around the U.S. that “pit the rights of LGBTQ people against merchants’ religious objections, an issue that remains unsettled by the nation’s top court,” noted WGN-TV in Chicago.
And no, the fact that this attorney happened to call Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop on the same day as the court announcement is not a coincidence. The attorney basically admitted as much when her lawyer asked her during Monday’s opening arguments whether her cake order was a “setup.”
Scardina swore it wasn’t, saying that it “was more of calling someone’s bluff.”
Per WGN, “Before filing her lawsuit, Scardina filed a complaint against Phillips with the state, and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found probable cause that Phillips had discriminated against her. Phillips then filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado, accusing it of waging a ‘crusade to crush’ him by pursuing the complaint.”
What isn’t mentioned in all this is the attorney also stands to make a quick buck and would be viewed as a champion of LGBTQ causes, should he or she win the case.
A win for the baker, though, would be a victory for everyone who believes that Americans should be allowed to legally run their private business as they see fit, including keeping it in line with their religious beliefs.