Court Battles

Colorado baker at center of landmark Supreme Court case gets book deal

Camille Fine

A Denver baker notable for his involvement in a Supreme Court case regarding his refusal to design a wedding cake for a gay couple is writing a memoir.

Jack Phillips, who runs the Masterpiece Cakeshop, is writing a memoir released by Salem Books Publishing. The Christian imprint of Regnery Publishing announced the currently untitled book on Thursday, and described it as “a firsthand account of his experience on the front lines [of a] cultural battle between religious and secular forces,” according to an NBC report.

Phillips became known nationally in 2012 after he cited religious objections when declining the request of two men who wanted to order a cake for their wedding. The couple then filed a complaint with Colorado’s civil rights commission, which ruled that Phillips should not have refused to serve them.

Phillips sought to appeal his case to the Supreme Court, which in 2018 voted 7-2 that the commission violated Phillips’s First Amendment rights. The court did not go into further rulings about specific religious objections to refuse service based on sexuality, according to NBC.

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