Denver, Colo., Jul 23, 2019 / 13:01 pm
Attorneys for Denver-area cake artist Jack Phillips filed a motion Monday to dismiss a third lawsuit seeking to force him to create a cake that expresses a message contrary to his religious beliefs.
Colorado lawyer Autumn Scardina, who filed an unsuccessful complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2017, is seeking $100,000 in monetary damages plus legal fees in the third lawsuit Phillips has faced in seven years.
Phillips, a Christian, is the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, a Denver suburb. He has operated his shop since 1993 and has focused his talents on artistic cakes.
"Phillips wants to peacefully live out his faith as a cake artist by serving all people while declining to express messages that violate his beliefs," the July 22 motion to dismiss, filed by attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom, reads.