California Court Allows Bakersfield Baker to Refuse to Bake Cake for Lesbian Wedding

California Court Allows Bakersfield Baker to Refuse to Bake Cake for Lesbian Wedding, by Joel Pollack.

A California court has ruled that a Christian baker cannot be forced to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because it would violate her First Amendment rights — a decision that runs against a national trend of cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe ruled Monday that it would have been impermissible for baker Cathy Miller, who operates the Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, to refuse to sell a cake that was already made to a same-sex couple. However, forcing her to bake a new cake would have been an impermissible form of coercion, he ruled.

hat-tip Barry Corke