Local bakery competitor speaks out amid same-sex wedding cake controversy

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - As the Supreme Court prepares to take up the case of a Colorado bakery, which refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the issue is hitting close to home.
     
This weekend, a local bakery turned away two women who came in to order a wedding cake. The story has been picked up by several LGBT websites and has received thousands of comments on social media, with passionate voices on both sides of the issue.
     
Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery, said the backlash was swift after she turned away the couple.
 
"We went through the whole process and I shared that we don't do same sex wedding cakes, but I have a great competitor, Stephanie with Gimme Some Sugar who does a really great job." Miller said. 
     
Miller told 17 News that's the way she has always run her business.
 
"For me, I just needed to know that they had a place to go, so I agreed for the referrals," said Gimme Some Sugar Owner, Stephanie Fisher. 
     
Fisher sat down with 17's Maddie Janssen Sunday night to talk about how she got pulled into the situation.
 
"She asked if she could refer gay couples to me for their wedding cakes because of her feelings about gay marriage," Fisher said. "As a Christian and a believer, I share her values in the love of Christ and that's how I want people to see our customer service. When they walk in the door, I want them to feel loved and feel safe."
     
But Fisher also said that as a fellow business owner, she's concerned over the way people view the statement "we reserve the right to reuse service."
 
"The right to refuse service to anybody simply means that if someone is harming your business or the people within your business, you can refuse service to them," Fisher said. "These people aren't harming your business and they aren't harming the people within your business."
 
17 News reached out to Eileen Del Rio, one of the women who was turned away Saturday, and she said that she is not speaking at this time.
 
The Supreme Court takes up the case of the Colorado bakery in October. 
     
Coming up tonight on 17 News at 5, former Chief County Counsel Teresa Goldner will join us in studio to talk about the law surrounding the issue. 
 

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