This story is just going to infuriate some on the left. And by that, you know it’s probably a good decision. The United States Supreme Court is in process of considering a huge religious freedom case involving a Colorado bakery which refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But now a California Superior Court judge has made a ruling in favor of a California baker in a similar case.
California wanted a temporary restraining order against the bakery to stop them from rejecting requests and force them to have to bake cakes for same-sex couples if asked.
But it didn’t go California’s way.
Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the state of California a temporary restraining order against Tastries Bakery, whose owner refused to bake cakes for certain occasions that violated her sincerely-held religious beliefs, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
Lampe issued the ruling on Dec. 14, saying that he didn’t have enough information to make the call and scheduled the case for a hearing on Feb. 2.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing started the case and filed for the order against the bakery.
This was after the owner of the bakery, Cathy Miller, refused to make a wedding cake for Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio, a gay couple.
Miller said she had no problem making them other cakes, but that baking the wedding cake would force her to violate her beliefs. She even referred them to another bakery that she knew would make them a cake so they would not be denied one.
She’s also refused to make cakes depicting marijuana, alcohol and divorce.
But California didn’t much care about her sincerely held beliefs.
The state made Miller answer a lot of detailed personal and employment information. The judge in the case, Judge Lampe said he wanted to review those answers before making a final ruling on the restraining order.
The SCOTUS case is very similar. A decision is anticipated in that case toward the middle of 2018. The argument is basically the same, that the freedom of religion should triumph. That should especially be true when there are other options for the gay couple so they would not be denied a cake.
Charles LiMandri, president and chief counsel of the firm representing Miller, compared the two cases, explaining how important the issue has become.
“It’s no coincidence that the DFEH’s new attack on Cathy comes as the Supreme Court weighs the similar case of cake artist Jack Phillips in Colorado,” LiMandri said in a statement. “The assault on religious liberty and the freedom of conscience is simply astounding. But neither Cathy nor we are backing down—the freedom of all Americans is at stake.”
Although it’s not the final decision in the case, it’s still a pretty huge decision, especially from a California judge, the land of the far left liberals.
[Note: this post was written by Nick Arama]