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Grace Carr

A bakery in Bakersfield, Calif., is criticism for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple who posted about the ordeal on Facebook Saturday.

Eileen Del Rio said the bakery owner, Cathy Miller, refused to make her and her partner’s wedding cake because she doesn’t condone same sex marriages, The New York Daily News reported Monday. Del Rio did note in her post, however, that the baker offered to make up their order and send it off to another bakery for the wedding day.

“The ceremony, when you’re getting married is in the eyes of the Lord,” Miller told KGET. “That’s a celebration of a union that God has brought together and that’s a whole lot different than coming in and wanting a cookie.”

“Here at Tastries, we love everyone. My husband and I are Christians and we know that God created everyone and He created everyone equal, so it’s not that we don’t like people of certain groups of people. There is just certain things that violate my conscience,” Miller said according to Fox40.

Miller said she refers lesbian and gay couples to her competitor, Gimmee Some Sugar. “It has never been a problem,” Miller said. “I’m really hurt by all this. I don’t think we should be picked on because of our beliefs.”

A slew of people attacked Miller on social media after the lesbian couples’ post went up.

The couple had photos taken free of charge after a photographer heard about their story and decided to lend them an extra helping hand. “I’m looking forward to possibly doing their wedding and making them happy,” said Brandon Rose, the owner of Moment Portraits according to 23ABC News.

The cake baking incident comes after the Supreme Court announced in June that it would hear a similar case that occurred in 2012, when a baker in Denver refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. Lower courts had previously ruled that Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop had violated the state’s accommodation laws by refusing to serve a customer based on sexual orientation, according to The Washington Post.

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  • Robert Sparks

    They did NOT violate the state’s accommodation laws by refusing to serve a customer based on sexual orientation. They couldn’t care less what sex they were. The did it because they won’t participate in a Gay marriage. It’s the act of marriage that they don’t condone. They will happily bake cakes all day for gay people.

    • honkey

      There us no such thing as Gay Marriage. It’s just Marriage. It’s a wedding cake, not a gay wedding cake. If they bake wedding cakes, they bake wedding cakes for everybody.

  • Temujin

    Will stripping people of their freedoms convince them and convince others who agree with them? No. It will only make all of us less free and more resentful. The free market of ideas may be far from perfect, but it is so much better than coercion and given time, it works. Proof is, look where we are now compared to where we were years ago wrt gay marriage. It is opinion formed by people meeting people that has made the difference, not totalitarianism.

    Well intentioned some may be in their fervor to strengthen government, but it only pushes us closer to war.

  • Brandon

    Another reason why it is time to split up CA. This government forcing bakers crap wouldn’t happen in the State of Jefferson.

  • Dan McMartin

    This isn’t discrimination. It’s a free market and no one should be forced to work for others whom they don’t agree with. There’s another baker. Go there.

    That being said, not baking cakes for gay weddings is just stupid. I don’t agree the government needs to get involved but when you open your doors to the public, you ought to serve them all. Move on!

    Not really sure what filing lawsuits or refusing to bake cakes accomplishes for either party. I guess baby Jesus won’t cry and some lawyers will get rich. Yay! Hopefully, SCOTUS will rule these stupid, and so-called anti-discrimination laws Unconstitutional so we can get back to peacefully associating, or not as the case may be, with whom we choose.

  • vbscript2

    Am I missing something? All I see happening with this bakery is people expressing their displeasure, not the government getting involved and telling them they have to bake the cake or else be fined, as with the other incidents. The bakery should be free not to bake the cake and everyone else should be free to express their support, displeasure, or indifference. And none of those things should provoke involvement of the government.

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