The state of California’s lawsuit against a Christian who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds is a frivolous case meant to chill the baker’s free-speech rights, contends a petition to dismiss the case.
WND reported last week a judge refused the state’s request for a temporary order to force Cathy Miller of Tastries Bakery either to provide her wedding-cake artistry to homosexual duos or quit the business entirely.
Superior Court Judge David Lampe rejected the state’s request, arguing the issue is over First Amendment free-speech rights, not discrimination. The judge said the state was asking the court “to compel Miller to use her talents to design and create a cake she has not yet conceived with the knowledge that her work will be displayed in celebration of a marital union her religion forbids.”
“For this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of free speech guaranteed under the First Amendment,” the judge said . . .
Now Tastries Bakery’s defense team, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, is citing the state’s anti-SLAPP law, which protects individuals from lawsuits designed to silence them. (Read more from “State Now Suing to Shut up Christian Speech” HERE)