Do you remember the 2018 Supreme Court case ruled in favor of the Colorado baker Jack Phillips who was sued because he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple?
The bakery received a phone call during Phillips’ first legal battle in 2017 from Denver attorney Autumn Scardina requesting a cake in honor of his/her gender transition. Philips said the attorney asked for “a cake pink on the inside with blue icing on the outside.”
“We told the customer, this caller, that this cake was a cake we couldn’t create because of the message, the caller turned around and sued us,” Phillips told Fox News in March. “This customer came to us intentionally to get us to create a cake or deny creating a cake that went against our religious beliefs.”
“This customer had been tracking our case for multiple years. This case was just a request to get us to fall into a trap,” Phillips explained.
Now, a group of state attorneys general are officially going on record for the baker for this second lawsuit.
In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined the multistate amicus brief in support of religious liberty, in the case that is pending in the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop is the second case brought against Jack Phillips, a baker, under state public accommodation laws—this time because he refused on religious grounds to make a custom cake celebrating a customer’s gender transition.
The previous case against Phillips was resolved in his favor by the United States Supreme Court.
This amicus brief argues that the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause prevents the government from enforcing state laws that interfere with Americans’ exercise of their religious beliefs.
“The federal government cannot attack certain religious practices and overburden our way of life under the guise of public accommodation. We are a country where people of various faiths share the common goal of freedom and that must be protected,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I will continue to fight for the religious liberty of every Texan.”
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