Christian baker’s lawsuit against state goes forward
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March 2019 – On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that the state of Colorado cannot discriminate against baker Jack Phillips for refusing to use his creative skills to make cakes celebrating same sex ideals.

However, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission moved almost immediately to prosecute Phillips again (June 28), claiming that he had discriminated in June 2017 against a Denver attorney who wanted Phillips to create a cake celebrating gender transition – a request Phillips refused. Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, Phillips then filed suit on August 14, against various state officials and members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

On January 4, 2019, Judge Wiley Y. Daniel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ruled against state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s motion to dismiss Phillips’s claim. While Daniel granted the motion to dismiss some of Phillips’s claims against Civil Rights Commission Director Aubrey Elenis and Governor John Hickenlooper, ultimately Phillips’s lawsuit will be allowed to continue., 12/20/18, 1/7/19;, 1/7/19