(National Sentinel)Â First Amendment:Â A California judge has ruled in favor of a cake maker who refused to bake a personalized wedding cake for a gay couple, citing a conflict with her Christian religious beliefs.
Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the State of Californiaâ€™s request for a preliminary injunction that sought to force bakeshop owner Cathy Miller,Â The Daily Caller reported.
â€œFor this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of Free Speech guaranteed under the First Amendment,â€Â Lampe ruled.
The initial injunction also threatened that if Miller refused to bake the cake, the state would close her Tastries Bakery shop altogether.
â€œWe are pleased that the judge recognized that the First Amendment protects Cathyâ€™s freedom of speech,â€ chief counsel and Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) president, Charles LiMandri, said after the ruling, according to a press release.
LiMandri had argued in Friday’s case that Miller does not discriminate against same-sex couples, but that she can’t use her artistic skills to help them celebrate marriage, which violates her closely-held Christian religious values.
â€œThis 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,â€ LiMandri said. â€œNo doubt the California officials will continue their persecution of Cathy, but it is clear that she has the Constitution on her side.â€
The case arose from a discrimination complaint filed with state authorities against Miller after she declined their wedding cake request.
The cake baking incident comes after the Supreme Court announced in June that it would hear a similar case that occurred in 2012. There, a Christian baker refused to make a personalized wedding cake for a gay couple.
Lower courts ruled that the baker, Jack Phillips, had violated the state’s accommodation laws by refusing a customer based on sexual orientation.
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