A judge agrees with a California baker who made a cake for a same-sex wedding.
A judge in California sided with a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a couple of the same gender because it went against her Christian beliefs.
The state Department of Fair Housing and Employment sued Bakersfield’s Tastries Bakery, saying that owner Cathy Miller discriminated against the couple on purpose, which is against California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.
Miller’s lawyers said that she did not break the anti-discrimination law because she had the right to free speech and religious expression. Judge Eric Bradshaw of the Kern County Superior Court ruled on Friday that Miller did nothing wrong while staying true to her beliefs about what the Bible says about marriage.
Miller and her free lawyers from the conservative Thomas More Society were happy with the decision because it was a win for the First Amendment.
Miller told the Bakersfield Californian after the ruling, “I hope that we can all grow together in our community.” “And we should know that we shouldn’t force our ideas on other people.”
A representative for the fair housing department said they were aware of the decision but hadn’t decided what to do next. Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio said that they think there will be an appeal.
Eileen told the newspaper, “We’re disappointed, but not surprised.” “We think that the outcome of our appeal will be different.”
Miller also won a case in Kern County Superior Court, but the 5th District Court of Appeal overturned that decision and sent the case back to the county.
A Colorado baker is appealing a judge’s decision that he broke the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a cake for a gender-change party. A decade ago, that baker, Jack Phillips, won a partial victory in the US Supreme Court after he refused to make a gay couple’s wedding cake because of his religious beliefs.