The High court in California has upheld the right of a Christian bakery not to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. But in the meanwhile an aggressive campaign to boycott the business has forced it to close.
Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries in Bakersfield, was approached by a lesbian couple who demanded a cake celebrating their wedding, with figurines of two women on the top of it. Although Ms Miller sent them to another bakery where they could obtain it, the lesbian couple (who were undoubtedly LGBT activists being aggressive) sued for “discrimination” and won a huge damages award. Cathy went on appealing and has finally had HER rights as a Christian upheld by Judge David Lampe, who pointed out that Tastries has a right to freedom of conscience under the US constitution.
A cake that celebrates or promotes a certain belief is not just a cake: it is a statement, and therefore free speech rights apply. Freedom of speech includes the right NOT to say something. as well as the right to say it. Thank God there are still some judges left who have the intelligence and the courage to stand up to the LGBT bullies!
We hope that Ms Miller will now be able to re-open her business and that many other Christian businesses will be able to operate without harassment.
At last the tide is turning in America. We hope this slap-down for greedy lesbian bullies will be followed by many more such judgements following the important precedent that Judge David Lampe has now established.
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CA judge won’t bow to LGBT agenda
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A California Superior Court judge is ruling a Christian baker’s right to freedom of conscience is more important than so-called gay marriage.
After a final appeal, Judge David Lampe ruled on Monday that Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries in Bakersfield, is entitled to refuse to make custom cakes for same-sex weddings.
In his “final judgment,” Lampe explains, “The State is not petitioning the court to order defendants to sell a cake. The State asks this court to compel Miller to use her talents to design and create a cake she has not yet conceived with the knowledge that her work will be displayed in celebration of a marital union her religion forbids.” He adds, “For this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of Free Speech guaranteed under the First Amendment.”
In a February ruling, Lampe declared “The State cannot succeed on the facts presented as a matter of law. The right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment outweighs the State’s interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace.”
He further asserted, “The right of freedom of thought guaranteed by the First Amendment includes the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking. Sometimes the most profound protest is silence.”
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In August 2017, a lesbian couple went into Miller’s business asking for a customized cake for their upcoming same-sex wedding. Despite denying their request, Miller directed them to another local bakery that would fulfill their request.
They complained to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, claiming a violation of civil rights.
Charles LiMandri, Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s (FCDF) president and chief legal counsel, comments, “[Miller] gladly serves everyone who walks through her bakery’s doors, including same-sex couples. But she should not be forced by the government to express messages that conflict with her sincerely held religious beliefs. We are pleased the judge recognized that the First Amendment protects Cathy’s freedom of speech.”
The FCDF is working pro-bono for Miller and is seeking attorney’s fees from the plaintiffs.