A baker has been fined after he refused to make a transgender transition cake.
The baker, from Colorado, has been fined as a state judge ruled that he violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman.
This comes despite the baker winning a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ABC News reports.
Autumn Scardina had requested a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate her gender transition on her birthday.
However, Jack Phillips, the baker, said he could not make the cake because of its message.
Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones ruled on Tuesday that Scardina was denied a cake in a violation of the law.
Adding that the case was about a refusal to sell a product, not compelled speech.
“The anti-discrimination laws are intended to ensure that members of our society who have historically been treated unfairly, who have been deprived of even the every-day right to access businesses to buy products, are no longer treated as ‘others,'” Jones wrote.
Alliance Defending Freedom, who are defending Phillips, said they would appeal the fine.
John McHugh, attorneys for Scardina, said the case is not just about about what happened to her, instead it is also about how LGBT people are treated, ABC News reports.
“This is about a business that is open to the public that simply says to an entire class of people in the community that your identity, who you are, is something that is objectional,” he said.
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