Autumn Scardina, an attorney from Arvada, is not ready to walk away from her case against Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood. Scardina's attorneys formally filed a complaint …
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Autumn Scardina, an attorney from Arvada, is not ready to walk away from her case against Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood.
Scardina's attorneys formally filed a complaint in civil court against Phillips on June 5 over an incident that stems back from June of 2017. She asked Masterpiece Cakeshop to make a cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside to celebrate her transition from male to female. Phillips denied her request, citing his religious beliefs, and Scardina filed a complaint through the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
In March, the commission agreed to drop the case against Phillips, and in exchange, he agreed to drop a complaint regarding discrimination against the state. Despite the commission's decision to drop the case, Scardina still had the right to pursue a claim on her own.
Phillips is most known for the Supreme Court ruling in his favor for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple in 2012, because of his religious beliefs. The court made its decision last June saying only that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had been biased against Phillip's religious beliefs.
“What has never been resolved is the core claim that his religion excludes him from Colorado law. We think that is an issue that needs to be resolved,” said John McHugh, an attorney representing Scardina. “We have nothing but the upmost respect for religions, but we live in a nation of laws.”
Scardina's lawsuit was filed in Denver District Court. It claims that Phillips discriminated against Scardina and used unfair trade practices.
“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,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Sr. Counsel Jim Campbell. Alliance Defending Freedom is the nonprofit Christian legal organization who represents Phillips. “So this latest attack by Scardina looks like yet another desperate attempt to harass (Phillips).”
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