The 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights grants religious freedom. This does not state that one’s religious freedom can dictate the actions of another, nor does it allow business transaction restrictions with the general public based on religious beliefs.

If a business wishes to exclude transacting with a member of the general public on the basis of that customer’s religion, that public entity should establish itself as being limited to and transact with only members of that business owner’s religion. That being said, one’s sexual orientation has nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

Tastries is utterly wrong in denying a sale of a specifically themed (wedding) cake based upon this owner’s disapproval of the customer’s sexual orientation. This couple wanted a cake; they were not in this shop to proselytize the owner into agreeing with or participating in a sexual act of any kind. This is America! To restrict any business based on sexual orientation is not lawful. It is prejudicial, and extremely so.

Owner Cathy Miller needs to pay attention to her own words. A sexual orientation is not a belief. A strong religious belief has nothing to do with one’s predisposed existence. It is a part of life under which dictates the sexual orientation of every species of existence on this planet.

And this holier-than-thou attitude of religious militants has triggered nearly every war this planet has ever suffered. In the words of the late Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”

— JoAnne Klein, Bakersfield