After a multiple year case, a recent California court ruling sided with Christian baker Cathy Miller who in 2017 refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple because their relationship did not align with her religious beliefs.
Thomas More Society special counsel Charles LiMandri issued a statement supporting the decision saying, “We applaud the court for this decision. The freedom to practice one’s religion is enshrined in the First Amendment, and the United States Supreme Court has long upheld the freedom of artistic expression.”
Soon after the initial event Miller was interviewed by KERO and said, “Here at Tastries, we love everyone. My husband and I are Christians, and we know that God created everyone, and He created everyone equal, so it’s not that we don’t like people of certain groups, there are just certain things that violate my conscience.”
The lawsuit that followed Miller’s refusal to bake a cake for a lesbain couple was filed by the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment. The reasoning for it’s filing was based in the Unruh Civil Rights Act of 1959 that attempted to protect consumers from discrimination based on religion, ethnicity or race.
Court rules in favour of Christian baker who refused to bake cake for a lesbian couple in 2017 https://t.co/hJNAw3HXCM
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) October 24, 2022
Fox News reported on the story.
Cathy Miller, a cake designer who owns the popular Tastries bakery in Bakersfield, California, won what her lawyers at the Thomas More Society called “a First Amendment victory” when Judge Eric Bradshaw of the Superior Court of California in Kern County ruled against California’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment, which had brought the lawsuit against her.
Miller was subject to multiple lawsuits after she referred a lesbian couple to another baker when they requested a cake for their wedding. Because of her Christian belief that marriage is between one man and one woman, Miller declined to design a custom cake for their ceremony, believing it would be tantamount to a tacit affirmation.
While people certainly have the right to not be discriminated against based on their religion, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation, owners of businesses have the right to refuse service to consumers if it doesn’t align with their religious beliefs.
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