In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullin visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to buy a birthday cake. The storekeeper Jack Phillips denied, referring to his Christian convictions, prompting a legal fight in court which finished in half victory for the bread cook in 2018.
In the midst of the proceedings of that case, Autumn Scardina endeavored to purchase a cake that was blue outwardly and pink inside to check her gender transition. At the point when he again declined, she documented a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. On Monday, March 22, Phillips went on trial.
According to The Independent, Scardina said she attempted to place the order after finding that the high court had chosen to hear Phillips’ appeal. Her attorney Paula Greisen inquired as to whether the call was a ‘setup’ to which she replied: ‘It was more of calling someone’s bluff.’
Following Scardina’s complaint, Phillips proceeded to sue the territory of Colorado with the case he was being abused for his religious convictions. In March 2019, the two sides dropped their cases.
A couple of months after the fact, Scardina got back with her own lawsuit, saying that his bread shop had erroneously advertised it would ‘be happy to provide a variety of baked goods, including birthday cakes, to all members of the public, including LGBT individuals,’ as per Pink News. The legal group said Phillips ‘endeavored to misuse the news inclusion by expressing they would sell birthday cakes to LGBT community.’
The suit refered to Phillips’ supposed infringement of two state laws: the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA); and the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (CCPA).
Denver district court judge Bruce Jones excused the CCPA complaint after Scardina’s lawyer ‘failed to establish an actionable unfair or deceptive trade practice.
Greisen said this showed ‘an extremely tight holding on a specific set of realities associated with the Colorado Consumer Protection Act that has no bearing on the discrimination claim, it has nothing to do with the merits of whether organizations are permitted to deny service to the LGBTQ+ community.’
Kristen Waggoner who is standing from Philips side gave a statement: ‘Tolerance for different opinions is essential. We look forward to defending Jack – and ultimately prevailing – on the remaining claim.’