Back when baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo, refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, I sided with him. So did the Supreme Court. Now he’s in court because he refused to bake a cake celebrating a customer’s gender transition. I hope the courts side with him again.
The woman, Autumn Scardina, called Phillips’ suburban Denver cake shop in 2017 requesting a birthday cake that had blue frosting on the outside and was pink inside to celebrate her gender transition. At trial last year, Phillips, a Christian, testified he did not think someone could change genders and he would not celebrate “somebody who thinks that they can.”
I disagree with laws that say a business of any kind must serve all comers. A business owner should be entitled to pick and choose his clientele. Some call that discrimination. Yet customers can, for any reason, pick and choose which businesses they patronize. Capitalism and a free market will prevail if allowed to function, eg, if enough people object to this baker’s religion-based position and boycott his business, he’ll soon be out of business. Problem solved.
As for the customer who wanted a cake celebrating her gender change, why bother suing the man who won’t bake that cake? What’s your motive? If you really want a cake like that, just go to a baker who will make it for you. If you don’t, then you didn’t really want that cake; you wanted the publicity of a lawsuit. You wanted to make trouble for a baker who doesn’t share your beliefs. You wanted to make trouble for this baker. Shame on you. Get a life.