US baker sues Colorado after refusal to bake cake celebrating gender transition opposed

TVNZ One News 16 August 2018
Family First Comment: First it was ‘you MUST accept same-sex marriage.’ Now it’s ‘you MUST accept gender ideology.’
All in the name of tolerance eh

“Colorado is on a ‘crusade to crush’ Mr Phillips because of his religious beliefs. Mr Phillips is challenging a June 28 finding by Colorado’s Civil Rights Division that Mr Phillips discriminated against a Denver-area attorney who requested a birthday cake in 2017 to celebrate the attorney’s gender transition from male to female.”

A Colorado baker who insisted his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple — an argument partly supported by the US Supreme Court — has sued the state again for opposing his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said today.

Lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips allege in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday that Colorado is on a “crusade to crush” Mr Phillips because of his religious beliefs.

They are challenging a June 28 finding by Colorado’s Civil Rights Division that Mr Phillips discriminated against a Denver-area attorney who requested a birthday cake in 2017 to celebrate the attorney’s gender transition from male to female.

Mr Phillips refused the request, citing his belief that “the status of being male or female … is given by God, is biologically determined, is not determined by perceptions or feelings, and cannot be chosen or changed,” the lawsuit said.

The rights division found that Autumn Scardina, who requested the cake, was discriminated against based on her transgender status. It ordered both parties to seek a mediated resolution.
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/us-baker-sues-colorado-after-refusal-bake-cake-celebrating-gender-transition-opposed

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