Christian Colorado baker Jack Phillips has triumphed again after getting hit with a second lawsuit after he refused to bake a custom pro-LGBT cake.
Back in 2012, Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued by a gay couple because he would not make them a custom wedding cake. While he offered them pre-made wedding cakes, he told them it would violate his religious beliefs to specifically make them a cake celebrating their same-sex wedding, according to NBC News.
After a lengthy legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Phillips’ favor in June 2018 after saying that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which filed a complaint against him on behalf of the couple, showed they had an anti-religious bias.
Just weeks after that long-fought victory for the cakemaker, an attorney sued him for not making him a gender transition cake. Autumn Scardina requested a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate his transition from male to female.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission filed a complaint against Phillips on Scardina’s behalf. In response, Phillips sued the state for treating him with hostility, NBC News reported.
"At this point, he's just a guy who is trying to get back to life. The problem is the state of Colorado won't let him," said Jim Campbell of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian nonprofit law firm that is representing the baker.
On Tuesday, the state of Colorado and Phillips agreed to drop their lawsuits against each other, scoring a major victory for the cakemaker. Scardina, however, can still pursue legal action against Phillips without the state’s backing.
“The state of Colorado is dismissing its case against Jack, stopping its six and a half years of hostility toward him for his beliefs,” said ADF’s Kristen Waggoner, who also helped defend Phillips.
“Jack’s victory is great news for everyone. Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a diverse society like ours. They enable us to peacefully coexist with each [other]. But the state’s demonstrated and ongoing hostility toward Jack because of his beliefs is undeniable.”
With the ADF’s help, Phillips has previously argued that forcing him to make a custom cake would not just be violating his freedom of religion but his freedoms as an artist. He said he has no problem selling already-made cakes to LGBT couples and individuals for their weddings and transition parties.
Amidst all his legal battles, Phillips has also received — and turned down — multiple requests for sexually explicit and Satanic cakes by people obviously targeting him because of his Christian faith.
Please continue to pray for Phillips and other Christian artists whose freedoms are being challenged in America!