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COMMENTARY: First Amendment Protects Unpopular Views, Like Those Held by a Christian Baker

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February 16, 2018

The story is all too familiar by now: A same-sex couple asks a religious baker to custom create a wedding cake. The baker politely apologizes, but the resulting lawsuit shuts down the bakery.

But this time, the story has a different ending—for now.

Cathy Miller runs a bakery in Bakersfield, California, called Tastries Bakery. Because Miller’s religious convictions prevented her from using her creative expression to lend support to a same-sex wedding, she referred the couple to a competing bakery.

After the couple filed an administrative complaint, the state of California filed suit against Miller. The lawsuit sought to use the coercive power of government to compel her to create custom wedding cakes with messages that violate her religious convictions.

In other words, bake the cake or go out of business. But this is where the story takes a turn.

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