Colorado state baker in same-sex marriage case agrees to end litigation

The state of Colorado and the man who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple agreed on Tuesday to end their litigation in state and federal courts.

State Attorney General Phil Weiser, whose office represents the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, announced that the commission and baker Jack Phillips have agreed that the state reject its administrative action against Phillips in exchange for Phillips dismissing his federal case against the state.

Phillips and his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, made national headlines in 2012 after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. His case went to the United States Supreme Court, where he obtained a partial victory.

In 2018, Colorado again discovered that Phillips broke state laws after refusing to bake a cake for Autumn Scardina to celebrate her gender transition.

The state argued that Phillips refused service to Scardina because she was transgender.

In response, Phillips sued the state for punishing him for his religious beliefs.

“After careful consideration of the facts, both sides agreed that it was in no one’s best interests to move forward with these cases,” Weiser said in a statement.

“The more important constitutional questions may well be decided later, but these cases will not be the way to resolve them. Equal justice for all will continue to be a core value that we uphold as we enforce the civil rights laws of our state and nation. . “

The deal between Phillips and the state will not affect Scardina’s ability to pursue her own claim.

The June 7-2 Supreme Court ruling in the gay case said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission acted with clear and unacceptable hostility to Phillips’ sincere religious beliefs when it said it had violated the state’s public housing law by refusing to bake the cake.

The court did not go so far as to say that wedding cakes are an artistic expression protected by the First Amendment.

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