The Colorado attorney general’s office announced on Tuesday that it will drop its action against Christian bakery owner Jack Phillips, and Phillips has consequently agreed to dismiss his lawsuit against the entity. The State had initially concluded that a complainant had standing against Phillips after he declined to make a cake for a “gender transition” celebration. Phillips sued in contending that the State was continuing to engage in unlawful anti-religious hostility.
“Under the terms of the agreement, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission will voluntarily dismiss the state administrative action against Masterpiece Cakeshop and its owner, Jack Phillips, and Mr. Phillips will voluntarily dismiss his federal court case against the State,” reads a press release from Attorney General Phil Weiser’s office.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which had represented Phillips in court, said that while the legal organization doesn’t know why the State decided to drop its case against the Christian baker, it has been made aware of impermissible remarks by those in the commission that can be deemed hostile toward religion.
“We don’t know for sure why the State decided to do this, but we do know that over the course of a the last few weeks we have found a lot of additional evidence showing the State’s anti-religious hostility,” said Senior Counsel Jim Campbell in a video posted to social media this afternoon.
“We’re finding more and more evidence of the State’s hostility toward Jack’s faith and to religious freedom in general, and as a result of that, we were able to press forward, and for whatever reason, the State decided to back down.”