For once, a Christian cake shop owner has triumphed over her LGBT bullies in court — and to top it all off, it happened in the most unlikely state: California.
The case began in August of last year, when Christian baker Cathy Miller of Tastries Bakery refused to bake a wedding cake for Mireya and Eileen Rodriguez-Del Rio, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
Unable to take no for an answer, the gay couple filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing accusing Miller of violating the Unruh Civil Rights Act, a state law that prohibits discrimination based on characteristics such as sexual orientation. The DFEH bought this accusation hook, line and sinker, and subsequently filed a suit against Miller.
Now fast forward to Monday, when, stunningly enough, Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe sided with the Christian baker — and against the DFEH and the gay couple. The ruling was a stirring defense of religious liberty.
“A wedding cake is not just a cake in a Free Speech analysis. It is an artistic expression by the person making it that is to be used traditionally as a centerpiece in the celebration of a marriage,” he said, as reported by the Bakersfield Californian. “There could not be a greater form of expressive conduct.”
Yet DFEH sought to “compel Miller against her will and religion to allow her artistic expression in celebration of marriage to be co-opted to promote the message desired by same-sex marital partners, and with which Miller disagrees,” he added.
Here’s the key, though, that differentiated this case from that of, as an example, a Christian baker refusing to sell an already baked cake to a gay couple: “(T)he cake in question is not yet baked.”
“For this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of Free Speech guaranteed under the First Amendment,” Lampe concluded.
In case you’re interested in reading Lampe’s feel ruling, you may access it here.
But in case you happen to be a liberal who finds Lampe’s ruling abhorrent, would you feel differently had a Catholic couple tried to force a gay baker to prepare a cake for their wedding? Or suppose a local KKK group tried to force a Jewish seamstress to make Nazi costumes for an upcoming rally? Would that be OK?
As Lampe further noted in his ruling, America’s legal system is obligated “to protect Free Speech, regardless of whose foot the shoe is on.”
And sorry, LGBT bullies across the nation, but that includes the free speech rights of the proud Christians you appear to so fervently loathe.
“This is a significant victory for faith and freedom because the judge indicated in his ruling that the State cannot succeed in this case as a matter of law,” noted Miller’s attorney, Charles LiMandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund. “No doubt the California officials will continue their persecution of Cathy, but it is clear that she has the Constitution on her side.”