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Christian cake maker launches new lawsuit after fresh complaint

A Christian cake maker who famously won a lawsuit over the right to refuse to decorate his products with messages celebrating gay marriage is taking fresh legal action after becoming the focus of a new complaint.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Jack Phillips are now suing Colorado after the US state's civil rights commission filed an official administrative complaint over his refusal to make a cake which celebrates transgenderism.

It comes after the US Supreme Court ruled in Jack Phillips' favour in June this year when the commission brought a case against him over his refusal to decorate a cake for the wedding of a same-sex couple.

 

Kristen Waggoner from Mr Phillip's legal team at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) said: "The same agency that the Supreme Court just said is hostile to Jack Phillips remains committed to treating him unequally and forcing him to express messages that violate his religious beliefs."

The Supreme Court judges - who backed Phillips with a majority of seven votes to two - ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility towards religion, and that the rights of Jack Phillips had been violated under the first amendment.

Prior to their judgement, Mr Phillips, who owns the Mastershop Cakeshop in Lakewood, was asked by an attorney in June 2017 to create cake designed pink in the middle and blue on the outside, to celebrate their gender transition.

Phillips' refusal to accept the order prompted the filing of an official administrative complaint by the Commission in August. Lawyers pledged legal action of their own.

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In a new motion filed this week, ADF sued Colorado for unjustly targeting their client and they urged a federal court to grant a preliminary injunction.

The preliminary injunction would halt the Commission's complaint proceedings against Jack Phillips' until his lawsuit is heard in court.

Lawyers have accused the Commission of acting as "both accusers and adjudicators" in Phillips' case.

Kristen Waggoner added: "Jack serves all customers and he is happy to serve the attorney who lodged the complaint against him.

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"But Jack doesn't create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events that contradict his deeply held beliefs.

"Apparently, that isn't enough for the commission. It insists on forcing Jack to celebrate ideas and events that violate his faith."

Premier has contact the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for a comment.

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