Cathy Miller, owner of a bakery in Bakersfield, California, finally prevailed in a nuisance lawsuit that attempted to force her to violate her religious beliefs. Back in 2017, she was asked to create a lesbian wedding cake. She explained that it was against her Christian religious beliefs, but she offered them a premade cake and referred them to a competitor who would have taken the job.
Of course, that wasn’t good enough. The defenders of tolerance in California must force any dissenters to comply, so the state sued Miller under the Unruh Civil Rights Act of 1959, which protects consumers from discrimination by businesses on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion. After five years of expensive and torturous legal battles, including the state questioning the sincerity of her religious faith, Miller finally prevailed, with a superior court on Friday dismissing the lawsuit. Her attorney from the Thomas More Society said it was a bit of an “irony” considering “a law intended to protect individuals from religious discrimination was used to discriminate against Cathy for her religious beliefs.”
Congratulations to her, and I hope this will be the end of her legal persecution, but if the experiences of other Christian service providers are any indication, I fear it won’t be. When the SCOTUS invented a right to same-sex marriage, some of the Justices foresaw how this could be used to infringe on the clearly-enumerated right of freedom of religion, but in failing to clarify that the First Amendment must always take precedence, they opened the door to countless nuisance lawsuits. Having finally righted the injustice of Roe v. Wade, it’s high time they revisited that decision and slammed the door on the legal parasites.