Baker who won at high court sues Colorado over new bias case

The Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood is closed as owners testify before the U.S. Supreme Court, Dec. 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood is closed as owners testify before the U.S. Supreme Court, Dec. 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and won a ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court is suing the state over another discrimination allegation.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips allege that Colorado is on a “crusade to crush” him because of his religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court sided with Phillips in June, saying comments by a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed an anti-religious bias. It didn’t rule on whether business owners can invoke religious objections to refuse service to LGBT people.

Less than a month later, the commission found probable cause that Phillips discriminated against someone else by refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition.

It cited another part of the Supreme Court ruling to back up its decision.

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