As LGBTQ rights are debated accross the country, a story of a religious baker refusing to serve a gay couple has garnered national attention.
Now, the baker at the center of the story has responded to the attention, doubling down on her bigoted convictions.
Sam Salazaar shared his experience with Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, California, on Facebook, prompting investigation into the situation from reporters:
Salazaar says he was turned away by the cake shop due to the owners' Christian beliefs.
Owner Cathy Miller has since responded to the post: “Our family are Christians. We love everyone. God created everyone…There are certain things that violate my conscience and my conscience will not allow me to participate in things that I feel are wrong. Our business is God’s business. We work for him … Participating in a celebration of a same-sex marriage goes against my conscience. I shouldn’t be picked on because of my beliefs,” she says.
Brandon Rose, the owner of Moment Portraits, a local photography company, says he will be donating his services to the couple as an objection to Miller's refusal. "I'm looking forward to possibly doing their wedding and making them happy," Rose said.
The legal status of this kind of situation remains in limbo.
The Supreme Court will hear the case of the Masterpiece Cake Shop, who similarly refused service to a gay couple back in 2012, in the near future.
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