California judge: Baker can refuse same-sex wedding cakes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP/CBS) A California judge has ruled a bakery owner can continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it violates her Christian beliefs.

The lawyer for Tastries Bakery argued that owner Cathy Miller's right to free expression of religion trumps the argument that she violated a state anti-discrimination law.

Miller says it goes against her Christian beliefs to make a cake for a same sex couple.

"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."

Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe agreed, but said Monday his ruling was tied closely to the fact that Miller was being asked to create a cake for an event.

The Bakersfield Californian reports Lampe cautioned that religion does not give businesses a right to refuse service to groups protected by the Unruh Civil Rights Act in other circumstances.

An attorney for Mireya and Eileen Rodriguez-Del Rio, who brought the case, was not available for comment Tuesday.


Information from: The Bakersfield Californian,