Final judgment has been issued by a Kern County judge in the case of a local baker who received national attention after she refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
In February, Lampe ruled in favor of Tastries owner Cathy Miller, and court records show final judgment was issued May 1.
An appeal is likely.
Lampe wrote, "The right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment outweighs the State's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace. The right of freedom of thought guaranteed by the First Amendment includes the right to speak, and the right to refrain from speaking. Sometimes the most profound protest is silence."
The case began in August when Miller refused to make a wedding cake for Mireya and Eileen Rodriguez-Del Rio, saying it went against her Christian beliefs to make a cake for a same-sex couple.
The couple made a complaint to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing that Miller had violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits public businesses from denying service to anyone on the basis of a number of characteristics including race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
Lawyers for DFEH filed suit against Tastries and Miller, who was defended pro-bono by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund.