Court rules California bakeries may REFUSE to decorate cakes for gay couples… Backlash against the “gay mafia” accelerates

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Forcing independent business owners to provide goods or perform services in violation of their consciences defies the intent and spirit of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, a California judge recently ruled.

The case centered around Bakersfield cake baker Cathy Miller, of Tastries Bakery, who was sued by a lesbian couple after she refused to bake a wedding cake for them. While the prosecution tried to argue that Miller’s refusal represented unlawful discrimination, Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe decided otherwise.

In Judge Lampe’s ruling, refusing to sell an already-made wedding cake to the lesbian couple would have been impermissible under the law. But because the lesbian couple in question demanded that Miller make them a whole new, customized cake made for their so-called wedding, this represents a violation of Miller’s free speech rights.

A wedding cake, and even one that doesn’t contain a customized inscription, “is an artistic expression by the person making it,” Judge Lampe stated in his ruling, as reported by The San Francisco Chronicle.

“The state asks this court to compel Miller against her will and religion to allow her artistic expression in celebration of marriage to be co-opted to promote the message desired by same-sex marital partners,” Judge Lampe added, striking down a state agency’s request that tried to force Miller into baking the cake against her will.

“The right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment outweighs the state’s interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace.”

Forcing anyone to do anything that violates his or her conscience is unconstitutional

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