Local bakery refused to make gay couple's wedding cake

Business receiving backlash

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE: This is the updated version of the story that was posted earlier. It is posted with more details and reaction from the business owner.

 

A local business owner said she will not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it's against her religious beliefs.

It happened at Tastries Bakery on Rosedale Highway.

A couple and their friends came in for what they thought would be a wedding cake tasting and designing.

Eileen Del Rio posted about the incident on Facebook.

She said she and her fiancee were discriminated against for being a same-sex couple.

In response, people called for a boycott of the bakery.   

Owner Cathy Miller says the couple and some friends came in for what they call a "cupcake date" - where you can try as many mini cupcakes as you want. Once a couple decides on flavors, Miller sits down with them to design their cake.

That's when Miller learned the couple was same-sex.  

She says at the end of the meeting she told them she couldn't design their wedding cake because she is Christian and couldn't celebrate same-sex marriage.

"A ceremony, when you're getting married is in the eyes of the Lord, okay, and that's a celebration of a union that God has brought together and that's a whole lot different then coming in and wanting a cookie," Miller said.

Miller says she has had this policy for five years and whenever she has a same-sex couple looking for a wedding cake she helps set up an appointment with Gimmee Some Sugar - her competitor. 

"That's what we've been doing for five years. I'm really hurt by this. I don't think we should be picked on because of our beliefs," Miller said.

The supreme court is preparing to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker regarding services for same-sex couples.

In 2012, a same sex couple filed a complaint against Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado after Phillips refused to make a cake for their wedding reception.

Phillips said requiring him to provide services for same-sex couples violates his religious views.

A Colorado state court ruled against Phillips in 2015, saying the state's public accommodation law, which bans discrimination by companies offering their services to the public, did not allow the baker to refuse the gay couple's request.

The high court will hear the case this fall.

Tastries Bakery has since taken down all social media because Miller says the page was bombarded with negative comments after Saturday's incident. 


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