- The Washington Times - Friday, August 17, 2018

Gay bakers were the butt of comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes on Thursday night after Masterpiece Cakeshop became enmeshed in another lawsuit.

Businessman Jack Phillips won his First Amendment case at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding his right not to make products that conflict with his faith, but has lost another case before Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission that was filed after his high court victory.

Mr. Phillips now finds himself in a legal battle involving his turning down a woman’s request for a gender-transition cake, which ABC’s late-night comedian used as fodder for his opening monologue.

“It’s funny because this is a guy who spends all day, every day, meticulously designing flowers out of icing. His whole life is gay, okay?” Mr. Kimmel told his audience. “I don’t know if the wrong cake might bring that to life or what. You would think that someone who looks like the Reba McEntire version of Colonel Sanders would be more sympathetic to gender identity issues.”

The comedian also used sarcasm to refer to Mr. Phillips as “the totally straight cake baker,” Mediaite reported.

Mr. Phillips has responded to Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission’s lawsuit with one of his own.

“This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips,” a document filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver reads.

The baker wants a permanent injunction against the state, saying that he was “vindicated” by the Supreme Court’s ruling in June, Reuters reported Friday.

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