California judge denies government motion to force Christian baker to make gay wedding cake

A state judge has denied California officials' motion to force Christian baker and cake artist Cathy Miller to make same-sex wedding cakes against her sincerely held religious beliefs.

(REUTERS / Andrew Winning)A wedding cake is decorated with a same sex couple in the window of a cake shop in Oxford, February 23, 2012.

A lesbian couple entered Tastries Bakery in August to order a wedding cake even though they had already tied the knot in December last year. When Miller respectfully informed them that she could not provide them with a same-sex wedding cake and referred them to another baker, the women posted the incident on social media and filed a discrimination lawsuit against her, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund detailed.

Miller drew criticism from netizens for her refusal to bake a wedding cake for the LGBT activists. The Christian baker, on the other hand, explained that she could not provide the order because of her religious beliefs, ABC 23 reported.

Meanwhile, Moment Portraits owner Brandon Rose offered free photography coverage for the same-sex couple on their wedding day. He said he wants to make the couple happy on their special day.

Just last week, the government had requested for a temporary restraining order against Miller to forbid her "from selling to anyone any item they are unwilling to sell." However, the judge denied the motion because he had not yet listened to Miller's side of the story, there was no reason for the urgent TRO, and the case involved both parties' fundamental rights.

"The government sprung this needless motion on Cathy without notice, forcing her to scramble with less than 12 hours to prepare," said FCDF president and chief counsel Charles LiMandri. "This unprofessionalism is just another example of the LGBT activists and their government allies' crusade to crush Cathy because of her Christian beliefs."

The judge is set to hear Miller's case on Feb. 2, 2018. FCDF, which is representing the Christian baker in the case, will formulate responses to the more than 40 personal and business-related questions that the Department of Fair Employment and Housing has ordered Miller to answer.