CALIFORNIA: State Sues Anti-LGBT Bakery

Courthouse News reports:

In an echo of the high-profile gay wedding cake case before the U.S. Supreme Court, California this week sued a Bakersfield bakery to stop it from discriminating against same-sex couples.

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Wednesday filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Cathy’s Creations dba Tastries and its owner, Cathy Miller, on behalf of Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio.

Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe rejected a motion for a restraining order Thursday, but set a Feb. 2 hearing for a motion for a preliminary injunction: a suitable Groundhog Day date for an issue that appears to resonate nationwide far more strongly than a simple cake could be expected to do.

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Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the state of California a temporary restraining order against a local bakery that refuses to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Lampe ruled Thursday that he didn’t have enough information to make the call.

But the case is scheduled to come back to Lampe on Feb. 2 at a hearing in which Tastries Bakery could be ordered to either make wedding cakes for members of the LGBTQ community — or stop making wedding cakes altogether.

According to court records, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing petitioned the court to issue a restraining order against Tastries and owner Cathy Miller, prohibiting her from denying service to same-sex couples, as is her practice.

In my first report on Tastries Bakery back in August, Miller is quoted as saying, “Our business is God’s business, we work for him. I shouldn’t be picked on because of my beliefs.”

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Colorado case last week. (Tipped by JMG reader David)