Gay Couple Rejected By California Bakery Gets A Surprise Treat

"I don't think we should be picked on because of our beliefs," says Tastries Bakery owner Cathy MIller.

Here we goes again: Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, refused to help a same-sex couple get a cake for their wedding.

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Eileen Del Rio recently came into Tastries for a “cupcake date”—in which customer tries unlimited cupcakes to design a wedding cake. But she revealed she was engaged to a woman, Miller informed her that she wouldn’t help her, and offered to book Del Rio an appointment with a competitor.

On Saturday, Del Rio blasted Tastries via Facebook.

Another customer, Sam Salazar, reported a similar experience.

Miller insists it’s always been her policy to discriminate.

“I’m really hurt by this. I don’t think we should be picked on because of our beliefs,” she told KGET 17. “My husband and I our Christians, and we know that God created everyone equal, so it’s not that we don’t like people of certain groups. Our business is God’s business. We work for him. Participating in a same-sex marriage goes against my conscience.”

After a deluge of comments, Miller took down Tastries’ social media.

There is one silver lining for Del Rio and her fiancée: A local wedding photographer has offered to take their wedding pictures free of charge.

“I’m looking forward to possibly doing their wedding and making them happy,” said Brandon Rose, owner of Moment Portraits.

California civil code guarantees equal access to accommodations and services regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

This fall, the Supreme Court will hear the case of a bakery in Colorado that also refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds.

David Goldberg is an associate editor at Time Out New York, where he covers comedy, LGBT and Things to Do.
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