Kevin Fobbs
California court backs baker's religious rights refusal to make gay wedding cake
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By Kevin Fobbs
February 26, 2018

Just when conservatives were coming to the conclusion that west coast courts were a judicial tool of liberals one California court decides to back a baker's religious freedom. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, California judge has ruled that a Bakersfield owner of a bakery had a free-speech right to turn away a lesbian couple who wanted him to make a cake to celebrate their marriage. Does this mean a ray of religious freedom can influence other judges to follow suit?

Although the history of California justice has been over whelming dramatically left of the United States' Constitution and its religious freedoms protections, California Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe made a convincing stand for bakery owner Cathy Miller's religious constitutional rights. He ruled, "The state asks this court to compel Miller against her will and religion to allow her artistic expression in celebration of marriage to be co-opted to promote the message desired by same-sex marital partners," Judge Lampe stressed. "The right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment outweighs the state's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace.

Is this anti-gay discrimination as the gay couple is alleging?

Based upon Charles LiMandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, understanding of the religious rights of Miller, the answer is a solid no. LiMandri said, "Cathy would never discriminate against anyone who walks through her bakery's doors," reported the San Francisco Chronicle. He added, "She will gladly serve anyone, including same-sex couples.

"Cathy would never discriminate against anyone who walks through her bakery's doors," said Charles LiMandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, a religious conservative nonprofit. "She will gladly serve anyone, including same-sex couples. "But Cathy will not use her artistic talents to express messages that conflict with her sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage."

Ever since the Supreme Court ruled incorrectly in its June 2015 decision to recognize gay marriage, a number of same-sex couples have been searching for a way to attack the legitimacy of a Christian baker's constitutional freedom of speech right. Even though Miller stood by her religious freedom right and refused to make a cake for Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-DelRio, in August 2017, she did refer them to another nearby bakery.

Instead, the gay couple decided to take their complaint about nonservice to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and alleged discrimination. The state agency tried to force Miller to forcefully comply to the will of the state. Judge David Lampe disagreed with the gay couple and the state agency.

Judge Lampe zeroed in on the clear distinction that liberals who support the gay couple and other couples across the nation seeking to force Christian bakers to use their artistic skills against their Christian beliefs. Judge Lampe ruled that Miller did not refuse to sell a cake that was already made to a same-sex couple. That the judge felt may have been discrimination. He pointed out that, "However, forcing her to bake a new cake would have been an impermissible form of coercion."

This legal point is crucial, because in December the U.S. Supreme court heard a similar case involving Christian Colorado baker who also refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The state of Colorado had passed an antidiscrimination law based upon sexual orientation. The high court is expected to render a ruling by the end of June which could determine if a Christian baker can be forced to use their creative talent against their will or if their right of refusal is a constitutionally protected act of free speech.

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Kevin Fobbs Media Bio: 05-21-2021

About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.

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For nearly 40 years, Kevin's personal devotion to Christian conservative values and principles has guided his public service in both state and national government, as well as private sector and media leadership roles, including elected and appointed positions. The primary Biblical verse that guides Kevin is: Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

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