Bad news out of California as a Judge has ruled that Cathy Miller can feel free to discriminate against gay people at Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield California. The judgment, called “a major victory for faith and freedom” by the baker’s legal team, comes at a time when the subject is on the forefront of the battle for LGBTQ equality.
Activists on both the right and the left are anxiously awaiting the final judgment from the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case from the Supreme Court. Arguments for that case were held back in December, and a judgment is expected sometime in June.
Per her team at the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, “Because of her religious conviction that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, Cathy told the couple that designing a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage was something she could not do.”
The case stems from when Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio walked into the bakery last August expecting to be rendered Miller’s baking services like any other engaged couple. Miller denied the couple her services, and the couple went to the State of California for help. California followed through, and now we’re here.
There will most likely be an appeal, though both this judgment and an appeal could be rendered moot given the Supreme Court’s ruling later this summer. It’s a waiting game for all involved until then.
Photo from Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund