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A same-sex couple was refused a wedding cake because 'this is God's bakery'


A same-sex couple in California claims a bakery refused them service because of their sexual orientation.

Eileen Del Rio said in a Facebook post that the owner of Tastries in Bakersfield, California, told them she wouldn't personally make their order since she did not condone same-sex marriages. They say the bakery owner, Cathy Miller, then referred them to another bakery. The bakery owner told Sinclair affiliate KBAK she had to decline them because of her beliefs.

"My bakery—from day one—my employees have known that this is God's bakery."

Miller said that while her faith prevented her from being party to a same-sex marriage, she does respect the LGBTQ community.

"As a Christian, I love everyone that God has created," said Miller. "We are all his children."

Since the Facebook post, Miller says people have given the bakery bad reviews, called the bakery to swear at whoever picks up and threatened employees. She says one employee even quit her job because of the threats.

"My bakery—from day one—my employees have known that this is God's bakery."
Cathy Miller, Tastries Owner

"They take it out on my employees instead of me," said Miller.

Meanwhile, others have stopped by the bakery to purchase pastries as a show of support for Miller, which she says has been a "blessing."

The couple did not respond to a request for comment.

This isn't the first time a bakery has refused to make same-sex wedding cakes. The Supreme Court agreed in June to hear a case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Federal law prohibits discrimination by privately owned places of public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin, per the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual orientation is not included. But since then, several states, including California, have passed legislation prohibiting discrimination in privately owned places of accommodation based on sexual orientation.

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