U.S. Supreme Court hears controversial discrimination case

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a controversial case regarding a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado because of his religious beliefs. It parallels a recent interaction in Bakersfield. The local couple also is seeking legal action. 

A lawyer for the Colorado baker said providing a cake for a same-sex couple was the same as saying, "I agree with this union." While the state of Colorado argued not doing it is discrimination.

David Mullins and Charlie Craig were denied that cake in 2012. Jack Phillips said his cakes are artistic expressions, speech protected by the First Amendment and he shouldn't be forced to create for an event to which he's deeply opposed.

The outcome of the case could have huge implications. Included in that, a local couple's complaint against a Bakersfield baker who refused to make their wedding cake. Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio said Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller violated their civil rights. Miller is now under investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. 

Miller's attorneys said the department refused a request to pause the investigation until the Supreme Court rules on the Colorado case. The decision expected sometime before court adjourns in June.

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