LAKEWOOD, Colo. — After the State of Colorado dropped its administrative action against Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips for declining to make a pink and blue “birthday cake” celebrating a man’s “coming out as transgender,” the individual who placed the order for the cake has filed his own legal challenge over the matter.
“A new lawsuit has been filed against Masterpiece Cakeshop that appears to largely rehash old claims. The State of Colorado abandoned similar ones just a few months ago,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Jim Campbell told Colorado Public Radio.
“So this latest attack by Autumn Scardina looks like yet another desperate attempt to harass cake artist Jack Phillips,” he said. “And it stumbles over the one detail that matters most: Jack serves everyone; he just cannot express all messages through his custom cakes.”
As previously reported, in 2017, on the very day that it was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear Phillips’ first case surrounding his abstention of an order for a same-sex celebration, a man who identifies as a woman and goes by the name Autumn Scardina called Masterpiece Cakeshop and stated that he wanted to place an order for a custom cake.
Debi Phillips, the wife of Jack Phillips, took the call and asked the man about the desired size of the cake, the requested flavors, and the date by which it would be needed.
“The complainant responded that [he] would need the cake … to serve 6-8 people, and
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