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At the Supreme Court, a Win for Cake Artist Jack Phillips Is a Win for All

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
October 17, 2017

Hopefully, you heard the good news yesterday. The U.S. Supreme Court granted review in Jack Phillips’ case. Jack owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, and he was sued because he politely declined to use his artistic talents to design a cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony.

This is the first time the high court has agreed to hear a case involving creative professionals’ freedom to decline to participate in events or promote messages they disagree with. And Alliance Defending Freedom looks forward to standing before the court to defend Jack’s freedom to live, work, and create consistently with his religious beliefs.

After all, Jack is guided by his faith in everything he does, and he strives to honor Christ in every aspect of his life – including his work. The government should never be allowed to tell him that he must leave those convictions at the door of his workplace.  




Jack is not alone in this fight. Many other creative professionals are standing for this same right.



  • Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist, is appealing her case to the Supreme Court and asking that they review her case and preserve the right of creative professionals to live and work consistently with their religious beliefs.
  • Blaine Adamson, a Kentucky promotional printer, recently won his case at the state appellate court. The court upheld his right not to print messages that conflict with his faith. The Lexington Human Rights Commission has since asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to review the case. And we will continue to defend Blaine should the Kentucky Supreme Court agree to hear the case.
  • And then there are all of our courageous clients who are challenging laws which limit their ability to run their business consistently with their faith. We are representing a custom art studio in Phoenix, a web and graphic designer in Colorado, filmmakers in Minnesota, and a photographer in Wisconsin.

All of these creative professionals are standing to say that the government should protect their right to artistic freedom, not force them to promote events and messages that violate their faith.

That is something we must all get behind.

And now the Supreme Court has the opportunity preserve these freedoms for all Americans.


When the Government Can Tell You What to Say, What to Create, What to Think, and What to Believe, We Do Not Have True Freedom


Alliance Defending Freedom is committed to defending all of these creative professionals who have been told that they must use their God-given talents to promote messages and events that violate their faith. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Jack’s case is a great step in the right direction.

With a new $2 million matching grant, anything you give today will have twice the impact in defending creative professionals like Jack, who simply want the freedom to peacefully live out their faith. Will you help us ensure that we can continue to provide our clients with the free legal services they need? 

Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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