The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 ruled in favor of a Christian baker who’d been sued by homosexuals for declining to use his artistic talents to make a custom cake for their “wedding.” The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that Jack Phillips discriminated against the men when he declined to provide this particular service.
Phillips believes, as all Christians should, that homosexuality is a sin, and marriage is the union between one man and one woman.
The high court sided with Phillips and ruled that the commission treated him unfairly and his religious beliefs with contempt.
That was an important decision, although it didn’t go far enough to protect all Christian business owners from providing services that would violate their religious beliefs and their conscience. And that decision didn’t protect Phillips from further harassment, either.
A lawyer pretending to be a woman asked Phillips to make him a custom cake to celebrate his “transitioning.” Phillips declined, as the man knew he would. The man filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the same agency that lost the case against Phillips at the Supreme Court. The commission dismissed the claim. The man then filed a lawsuit.
Through his legal counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Phillips has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit. An excerpt )emphasis added):
Instead of appealing the commission’s decision to drop its action on the 2017 complaint, the attorney filed a new lawsuit in state court that seeks monetary damages of more than $100,000 against Phillips in addition to legal fees.
“It’s time to move on and leave Jack alone. This new lawsuit is nothing more than an activist’s attempt to harass and ruin Jack because he won’t create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in conflict with his conscience,” said ADF Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner, who argued on behalf of Phillips before the U.S. Supreme Court. “Jack’s victory at the Supreme Court was great news for everyone. Tolerance for good-faith differences of opinion is essential and the only way for diverse people with differing views to peacefully coexist.”