Jack Phillips: ‘Colorado Officials and Activists Have Tried to Punish Me for My Religious Beliefs’

Updated: June 19, 2024 at 10:16 am EST  See Comments

For the second time in a decade, Christian baker Jack Phillips appeared before the Colorado Supreme Court Tuesday.  The small business owner who refuses to make cakes with messages that violate his religious beliefs says he’s been targeted by the state, and he is not the only one making that claim.  

Phillips’ current case is over his refusal to make a “gender transition cake,” which his Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jake Warner argues is protected by freedom of speech and religion.  Phillips has said he believes the Bible teaches God created people either male and female, and it’s wrong when people try to change that. 

“Phillips serves all people,” Warner said in court Tuesday, “He just can’t express every message.”

However, attorney John McHugh argues there was no message.  He represents Autumn Scardina, who asked Phillips for a custom pink cake with blue icing, but no writing or image, to celebrate a transition from male to female. Lower courts ruled Phillips refused to serve Scardina based on his customer’s identity, constituting discrimination.

“Mr. Phillips is being asked nothing more than to do what he has repeatedly said he will do for other customers, which is specifically make a pink cake

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