Colorado Baker Sues Governor After Cake Dispute With Transgender Woman

After refusing to make a cake for a same-sex couple, he now refuses to make one for a transgender woman's transition.

By Mila Madison

The Colorado baker who won a United States Supreme Court case this year after he refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is at it again. This time, he is suing the governor of Colorado, alleging the state discriminated against him when he declined to make a blue and pink cake for a transgender woman.

The baker is Jack Phillips, who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop. His lawsuit is over whether religious freedom can be used to refuse service to gay and transgender people. The lawyers representing Phillips are affiliated with the anti-transgender conservative Christian organization Alliance Defending Freedom.

In June 2018, the Supreme Court had ruled in his favor of the baker, saying the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that originally ruled against the Phillips had been shown to be hostile to religion due to the the remarks of one of its members. This narrow ruling was specific to the one case without further setting president for future decisions based on the issue.

This time, Phillips has refused to make a cake for Autumn Scardina, who asked the baker to make a cake with a blue exterior and pink interior to celebrate her birthday and the seventh anniversary of her gender transition.

According to his lawyers, Phillips refused to make the cake because it ran contrary to his religious belief that gender is “given by God,” and is “not determined by perceptions or feelings.”

Scardina has filed a discrimination complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. “The woman on the phone did not object to my request for a birthday cake until I told her I was celebrating my transition from male to female,” Scardina wrote in the complaint. “The woman on the phone told me they do not make cakes celebrating gender transition.” Scardina also said that the store hung up on her multiple times.

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