A Superior Court Judge has issued a final judgment in the case of a Bakersfield, California baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. According to court documents, Judge David Lampe entered his ruling in favor of the baker on May 1.
In August, 2017, two women went to Tastries Bakery to taste cakes for their same-sex wedding. Owner Cathy Miller told the couple that she could not bake a cake for their wedding because she was a Christian. She referred the couple to another bakery in town that would. She then offered the couple some cupcakes.
In an interview with 23ABC News, Cathy said that she and her family are Christians. “We love everyone, God created everyone. There are certain things that violate my conscience. My conscience will not allow me to participate in things that I feel are wrong. Our business is God’s business. We work for Him. Participating in a celebration of a same-sex marriage goes against my conscience.”
The couple complained to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Their complaint stated that Miller had refused their business because they were lesbians. They argued that Miller violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act. The Act bars public businesses from denying service to individuals based on, among other things, sexual orientation.
The State of California filed suit against Miller and Tastries Bakery. The suit asked the judge to force Miller to make custom wedding cakes for same-sex couples. An alternate request was to ban her from making wedding cakes at all. Miller was defended by Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF). FCDF is an allied attorney firm with Alliance Defending Freedom.
Read more at the Stream.