If you’ve ever owned your own business, or perhaps know someone who does, then most likely this ruling in Bakersfield, California is welcomed news, not because of the actual issue ruled on by the court, but rather in the fundamental principles of ownership and deciding what’s in the best interest of those unique individuals who risk it all to become an entrepreneurs.
This incident regarding a California bakery and a same-sex couple came down to another fundamental principle of whether a government “any government” has the right to trample over an individual’s religious convictions?
The court ruled that bakery owner Cathy Miller can continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it violates her Christian beliefs.
The lawyer for Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield argued that owner Cathy Miller’s right to free speech and free expression of religion trumps the argument that she violated a state anti-discrimination law.
The ruling was based on Miller’s artistic expression which was tied closely to the fact that she was being forced to make a cake for an event using her “artistic skills” which is protected under federal law.
Judge Lampe went on to explain that freedom of religion does not give businesses a right to refuse service to groups protected by the Unruh Civil Rights Act in other circumstances, the Bakersfield Californian reported.
“A retail tire shop may not refuse to sell a tire because the owner does not want to sell tires to same-sex couples,” Lampe wrote. “No baker may place their wares in a public display case, open their shop, and then refuse to sell because of race, religion, gender, or gender identification.”
After the verdict Miller explained in an interview; “I am very happy to serve everything from my cases to anybody,” she said. “But I cannot be a part of a celebration that goes against my lord and savior.”
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In another freedom of religion case, The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to rule in the high-profile case of a Colorado baker who also refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple; however, this may go against the baker, in that he wasn’t asked to use his “artistic skills.”
Do you believe artists, painters, performers, writers or any artistic individual has a right to refuse anyone they please? Tell us what you think in the comments below.