During an interview with TBC Media reporter Steven Mayer, Cathy Miller owner of Tastries Bakery, speaks about the incident with a gay couple who wanted to buy a wedding cake from her bakery and how she felt she could not make a cake because of her Christian convictions concerning marriage. Her San Diego-based attorney, Charles LiMandri, participates via speakerphone.

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.

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Concerned Citizen of Bakersfield

Don’t worry, unapproved bone smokers and carpet munchers - the real final judgment is coming by Him...enjoy the flames


Judge Lampe honored our Constitution (as written) by recognizing freedom of speech and freedom of religion in this case. Accommodation was provided by Tastries and the couple had the freedom to choose.. and overwhelming access to bakeries to design a cake to fit the ceremony and Mrs. Miller maintain her beliefs. At no time were the the couple denied products or services of the bakery. The only thing Tastries did not offer was a cake for a ceremony which Mrs. Miller found contrary to her religious beliefs. It is time for all of to take a deep breath and allow freedom of conscience as well as freedom of choice play out in our lives. ...Bud

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