Colorado Editorials

Ther Durango Herald: If baker makes it back to the Supreme Court, we have forebodings

Author: Lisa Walton - August 18, 2018 - Updated: August 18, 2018

Jack Phillips is back in the news. He’s the baker from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, sparking a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Phillips narrowly prevailed.

Now Phillips is in federal court again, suing Colorado this week over religious discrimination. While this might seem at first blush like just another way for Phillips to espouse his discriminatory views, it’s not that simple.

On June 26, 2017, the Court agreed to hear the first case, which was widely reported. That same day, Autumn Scardina, a Denver lawyer, called Masterpiece and asked them to make her a cake with a pink interior and blue icing to celebrate her anniversary of transitioning from male to female.

The shop told her, unsurprisingly, that it didn’t make cakes celebrating gender changes.

“I was stunned,” Scardina said in a complaint she filed with the state Civil Rights Commission.


Lisa Walton