Masterpiece Cakeshop Baker Jack Phillips in Court Again

by Libby Krieger

Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who recently won his First Amendment case at the Supreme Court in 2018, now faces more legal challenges.

Phillips, a devout Christian who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding because it violated his religious beliefs, is now being sued because he refused to bake a gender transition cake.

Because baking the cake for the gay marriage ceremony would violate Phillips’ free exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment, the Supreme Court sided with him in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The Court also found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not treat their evaluation of Phillips’ case in a neutral way but rather treated him with stricter scrutiny due to his religious beliefs.

Phillips has a history of refusing service for messages he disagrees with, including a Halloween theme, not simply LGBTQ messages. Forcing Phillips to bake a cake that he disagrees with would be an infringement on his free exercise and a sort of compelled speech by the government.

Baking the gender transition cake, one of Phillips’ lawyers argued, would be an endorsement of the message that gender transition is something to be celebrated.

Right Side Broadcasting Network’s Brian Glenn interviewed Jack Phillips and his attorney, Jake Warner of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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