Good news from Colorado! Christian cakebaker Jack Phillips’s drawn-out legal battle with his own state’s so-called ‘Civil Rights Commission’ has come to an end.
In June 2018, the Commission’s mean-spirited attempt to punish Phillips for declining to design a cake for a same-sex “wedding” failed when the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. ___ (2018). In that decision, the Court ruled that the Commission had violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by displaying bias against Phillips due to his Christian faith. Undaunted, the Commission pursued new allegations of “discrimination” made against Phillips; this time, the allegations centered on Phillips’ refusal to bake a cake celebrating a so-called “gender transition.” After the Commission found probable cause to believe that Phillips had engaged in unlawful discrimination, Phillips sued the Commission.
March 5, 2019, attorneys for Phillips and for the State of Colorado confirmed
that their various cases against each other had been settled. While Phillips
may still be sued by the “transgender” activist that complained about him, this
is still a very positive step. “‘We hope that the state is done going along
with obvious efforts to harass Jack,’” said Jim
Campbell, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). “‘He shouldn’t be
driven out of business just because some people disagree with his religious
beliefs and his desire to live consistently with them.’”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms thanks the Lord—and Jack Phillips’s attorneys at ADF—for this positive outcome.