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Mireya and Eileen Rodriguez-Del Rio went to Tastries Bakery for a wedding cake. After first being helped by an employee at the bakery, they were refused service by the owner, Cathy Miller. They found someone else to make their cake.

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

Last week, reporter James Burger updated readers on what's going on in the lawsuit between Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio and Tastries Bakery.

In response, readers on Facebook asked and tried to answer the questions: Why not just go somewhere else for a cake? Are they just trying to cash in with the lawsuit? Is this just a plan to close down a good Christian business?

Here's what they had to say:


I’m still so confused. If you’re running a business, why do you care if the customer goes against your religious beliefs. You’re a bakery, for the public no less. So shut up and just make the cake and get the money you’re in the business for.

— Candice Livingston

It’s a privately owned bakery — not a chain. That owner has every right to not do something that’s against her moral compass. The lady that owns the bakery even said she’s refused to make divorce cakes and any cake with “private” parts on it. It’s her bakery. These ladies could have gone elsewhere.

— Karen Galyan 

So Karen, using your playbook — they could of gone elsewhere — it was appropriate then for business owners in the South to tell blacks to find another business that would serve them? Silly me. I thought there was a long-held American concept that if you are a business that serves the public, you serve the public.

— Diana Conner 

Baking a cake for a wedding ceremony is a very personal experience! That’s why. She isn’t just baking a cake. It’s not based on ethnicity. It’s based on religious beliefs. Two totally separate things!

— Retha Miller 

... She will bake for anyone! Just not any occasion. It’s not violating their rights. It’s stepping on her religious beliefs. She will bake birthday cakes for gays. She bakes everyday cupcakes, cookies, etc. that gays can purchase. She recommended another baker that will bake a wedding cake for them. She felt it went against her beliefs to contribute to something that was against what she believes. Why is it that you so strongly feel that she is violating their rights and can’t see that you believe it’s okay to violate her rights? 

— De'Anna Anderson Sikes 

Religion should be set aside when it comes to business, and yes it actually is a violation of rights. They have separation of church and state for a reason and that’s includes businesses. If she wanted the business and wanted to make the money, then why turn away those who are willing to spend money? If she’s going to be against baking a wedding cake for a gay couple and feels that’s stepping on her beliefs then she should just be a bakery for a church, therefore she wouldn’t have any problems with those who are stepping on her religion. She can bake birthday cakes and cupcakes for other occasions because no one has to entail that their child is gay or that the event is for someone who is gay, whereas a wedding cake is not that simple. There are plenty of religious bakers who will still make the cake regardless of their sexual orientation because they are there for the money, not to discriminate, and what if she had the cheapest sells for cakes and that’s why they went? What if they were on a certain budget and wanted to not pay more than what they wanted to? That’s like saying if a gay couple owned a bakery and a straight couple came in wanting a wedding cake and they said go somewhere else for it because it’s against whatever a gay couple believes then I’m sure you’d be sticking up for the straight couple. Businesses should not have religion as a priority in their business, it should be about the business itself.

— Caitlin Marie Livingston

They know which bakeries/florist that cater to the LGBT community. They prefered the taste of the Christian bakeries cake over the other bakeries ? This was all planned to sue and grab some money.

— Larry Parris 

Funny how everyone going against the norm has a right to do so, which they do. However everyone sticking to the norm, has no rights at all. I don't get that.

—Eric Mickelsen