Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Now in Lawsuit for Refusing to Serve Transgender Customer

It has been just two months since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who was sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Now Phillips is back in the news, this time, for refusing to bake a cake for a transgender person’s birthday.

Phillips will once again be represented by the anti-LGBT group Alliance Defending Freedom. The baker filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against officials in in Colorado claiming that the department “harbors hostility” against him and that the discrimination must be dismissed.

ThinkProgress breaks it down:

The facts of the case are simple. Autumn Scardina, a transgender attorney, called Masterpiece Cakeshop asking for a birthday cake. She mentioned that her birthday coincides with the anniversary of coming out as transgender, so she was hoping for a design that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside to commemorate that. Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to make the cake on the grounds that it doesn’t make cakes celebrating gender transitions.

Scardina filed a complaint with the CCRC, alleging that she had suffered discrimination on account of her sex and gender identity. “The woman on the phone,” she wrote, “did not object to my request for a birthday cake until I told her I was celebrating my transition from male to female. I believe that other people who request birthday cakes get to select the color and theme of the cake.”


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