“My business is owned by God,” Miller said back in August. “We work for the Lord and my convictions and my conscience don’t allow me to participate in a lot of things like I’ve turned all kinds of orders away.”
The couple has since taken legal action, filing a law suit against the bakery in a bakersfield court.
“I just was like this woman discriminated against us,” Eileen Rodriguez-Del Rio said.
A statement sent to local news by their attorney Patricia Ziegler-Lopez reads:
I represent the Rodriguez-Del Rio’s in their action against Tastries Bakery. I cannot comment on our action at this time. However, on the upcoming oral argument to be heard by the United States Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this case. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the bakery, the floodgates will open to every type of business to discriminate against anyone it so chooses. Discrimination affects us all; no one would be immune from differential treatment. I urge the people of Kern County and Bakersfield specifically to take the time to educate themselves on this extremely important issue before making rash and judgmental comments. The issue is best framed by Constitutional Law expert Erwin Chemerinsky: “Is a business’s freedom to choose its customers more important than the government interest in stopping sexual-orientation discrimination?
Miller’s attorney Charles s. Limandri responded to the statement:
Our clients are devout Christians with sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage. Like our nation’s Founders, they greatly value the right to Liberty of Conscience. This precious right is enshrined in the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The plaintiffs in this case were not deprived of a wedding cake for their reception. They do not have the right, however, to force other people to violate their religious beliefs regarding the sacred institution of marriage.
Our clients are pleased to use their creative talents to serve anyone with their baking services, regardless of their sexual preferences of lifestyle choices. The designing of a wedding cake is a form of expressive speech. The plaintiffs in the case should respect the Miller’s time-honored beliefs and not try to force them to accept their own controversial beliefs about marriage. Only in this way can all Americans be free to enjoy their Constitutionally protected rights.
We hope and pray that in the Masterpiece Cake Case the United States Supreme Court will uphold the clear intent of the Founding Fathers to protect the religious beliefs of all people of conscience including the Millers.