Judge sides with California baker over same-sex wedding cake

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. –


A California choose has dominated in favor of a bakery proprietor who refused to make wedding desserts for a same-sex couple as a result of it violated her Christian beliefs.


The state Department of Fair Housing and Employment had sued Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, arguing proprietor Cathy Miller deliberately discriminated in opposition to the couple in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.


Miller’s attorneys argued her proper to free speech and free expression of faith trumped the argument that she violated the anti-discrimination legislation. Kern County Superior Court Judge Eric Bradshaw dominated Friday that Miller acted lawfully whereas upholding her beliefs about what the Bible teaches concerning marriage.


The determination was welcomed as a First Amendment victory by Miller and her pro-bono attorneys with the conservative Thomas More Society.


“I’m hoping that in our neighborhood we are able to develop collectively,” Miller informed the Bakersfield Californian after the ruling. “And we must always perceive that we should not push any agenda in opposition to anybody else.”


A spokesperson mentioned the truthful housing division was conscious of the ruling however had not decided what to do subsequent. The couple, Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio, mentioned they count on an enchantment.


“Of course we’re disillusioned, however not shocked,” Eileen informed the newspaper. “We anticipate that our enchantment could have a distinct outcome.”


An earlier determination in Kern County Superior Court additionally went Miller’s means, however it was later vacated by the fifth District Court of Appeal, which despatched the lawsuit again to the county.


The determination comes as a Colorado baker is difficult a ruling he violated that state’s anti-discrimination legislation by refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition. That baker, Jack Phillips, individually received a partial U.S. Supreme Court victory after refusing on spiritual grounds to make a homosexual couple’s wedding cake a decade in the past.

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