Judge Says Baker Can Refuse Service Based On Her Religious Beliefs

(RoyalPatriot.com )- A judge in California recently ruled in favor of a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple citing her religious faith.

California’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment had sued Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield alleging that owner Cathy Miller violated the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act by intentionally discriminating against the lesbian couple.

Miller’s lawyers argued that her right to free speech and free exercise of her religion trumped the state’s anti-discrimination law.

On October 23, Kern County Superior Court Judge Eric Bradshaw ruled that Miller acted lawfully by upholding her Biblical beliefs about marriage.

Miller was represented by the Thomas More Society, a conservative law firm that defends religious liberty.

After the ruling, Miller told reporters that people shouldn’t “push any agenda against anyone else.”

The couple in the case, Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio, said they expected to appeal the ruling. However, a spokesperson for the Department of Fair Housing and Employment said the department hasn’t decided what to do next.

Eileen Rodriguez-Del Rio told reporters that the couple was “disappointed, but not surprised.” She said they expect a “different result” when they appeal the decision.

An earlier decision in Kern County Superior Court also favored Cathy Miller but it was later vacated by the 5th District Court of Appeals which sent the lawsuit back to Kern County.

If the experience suffered by Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado is any indication, Cathy Miller’s persecution is only just beginning.

Even after Phillips won a partial victory in the Supreme Court, he is still being hounded by the state, this time for refusing to bake a “gender transition” cake.

It doesn’t take a genius to know the “gender transition” cake order was a set-up to continue browbeating Phillips into submission.