Jack Phillips, a Christian cake baker, was again in court for declining to make a cake that expresses messages contrary to his religious beliefs after an attorney who identifies as transgender filed suit over the bakery’s refusal to make a cake to celebrate a gender transition.
The civil trial began March 22, conducted virtually by Denver County Judge Alan Jones, the Associated Press reports. The lawsuit alleges he violated the state’s anti-discrimination law.
Phillips’ attorney Sean Gates said the baker serves customers from all backgrounds and could refuse to make a product whose message he disagreed with.
“The evidence will show that if Jack Phillips bakes that cake that it would mean he agrees a gender transition is something to celebrate. This lawsuit isn’t about discrimination, it’s about the freedom to disagree,” said Gates, according to Courthouse News Service.