The baker who refused to serve gay couple is now rejecting a transgender customer
Jack Phillips, the baker whose refusal to make a gay wedding cake took him to the Supreme Court, is embroiled over more legal controversy after saying he wouldn’t make a gender transition cake.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled by a margin of 7-2 that Colorado had violated ‘religious freedom’ protections by ordering Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop to cease discriminating against same-sex couples.
The ruling was the result of Phillips’ legal challenge to the state’s anti-discrimination laws after refusing to serve gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.
The baker had claimed that Jesus Christ would discriminate against gay people, and continues to insist his religion requires him to do so.
It appears that this includes transgender people too.
When attorney Autumn Scardina rang Masterpiece Cakeshop to ask for a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate her birthday and the first anniversary of her gender transition, her request was rejected.
The reason given by the bakery was that it doesn’t make cakes which celebrate trans people.
Scardina complained to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC), alleging that she had been discriminated against on the basis of her gender identity, according to ThinkProgress.
“The woman on the phone,” she wrote in the filing, “did not object to my request for a birthday cake until I told her I was celebrating my transition from male to female.
“I believe that other people who request birthday cakes get to select the colour and theme of the cake.”
Phillips has filed a countersuit, writing that he does not want to “promote the idea that a person’s sex is anything other than an immutable God-given biological reality.”
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