California judge: Baker can refuse same-sex wedding cakes

February 6, 2018

BAKERSFIELD — A California judge has ruled a bakery owner can continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it violates her Christian beliefs.


The lawyer for Tastries Bakery argued that owner Cathy Miller's right to free expression of religion trumps the argument that she violated a state anti-discrimination law.


Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe agreed, but said Monday his ruling was tied closely to the fact that Miller was being asked to create a cake for an event.


The Bakersfield Californian reports Lampe cautioned that religion does not give businesses a right to refuse service to groups protected by the Unruh Civil Rights Act in other circumstances.


An attorney for Mireya and Eileen Rodriguez-Del Rio, who brought the case, was not available for comment Tuesday.

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