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Judge Sides w/ Christian Refusing to Bake a Cake for Gay Marriage

'I’m hoping that in our community we can grow together. And we should understand that we shouldn’t push any agenda against anyone else...'

(Headline USA) A California judge has ruled in favor of a bakery owner who refused to make wedding cakes for a homosexual couple because it violated her Christian beliefs.

The state Department of Fair Housing and Employment had sued Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, arguing owner Cathy Miller intentionally discriminated against the couple in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.

Miller’s attorneys argued her right to free speech and free expression of religion trumped the argument that she violated the anti-discrimination law.

Kern County Superior Court Judge Eric Bradshaw ruled Friday that Miller acted lawfully while upholding her beliefs about what the Bible teaches regarding marriage.

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The decision was welcomed as a First Amendment victory by Miller and her pro-bono attorneys with the conservative Thomas More Society.

“I’m hoping that in our community we can grow together,” Miller told the Bakersfield Californian after the ruling. “And we should understand that we shouldn’t push any agenda against anyone else.”

A spokesperson said the fair housing department was aware of the ruling but had not determined what to do next. The homosexuals, Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio, said they expect an appeal.

An earlier decision in Kern County Superior Court also went Miller’s way, but it was later vacated by the 5th District Court of Appeal, which sent the lawsuit back to the county.

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The decision comes as the harassed Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, is challenging a ruling that he violated that state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition. Jack Phillips, of course won his previous case in the U.S. Supreme Court after refusing on religious grounds to make a gay couple’s wedding cake.

Phillips’s previous case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, was a landmark case for Christians in the kulturkampf.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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