This morning, California Superior Court Judge David Lampe scheduled Christian baker Cathy Miller’s trial for June 22, 2020. California’s Department for Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) sued Miller in October 2018 on behalf of a same-sex couple who complained that Miller discriminated against them when she declined to create a custom cake for their wedding…

Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys representing Christian cake artist Cathy Miller and Tastries Bakery filed today an answer to the California’s lawsuit brought on behalf of a same-sex couple who complained that Miller discriminated against them when she declined to create a custom cake for their wedding celebration. In addition to denying all allegations,…

Christian baker Cathy Miller was in state court yesterday to defend her First Amendment freedoms against the State of California’s lawsuit seeking to force her to create custom artwork expressing messages that violate her core beliefs. FCDF Chief Counsel Charles LiMandri represented Miller at Tuesday’s hearing. LiMandri argued that the State’s lawsuit is nothing more…

Today, FCDF attorneys filed an informal response to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s petition for a “writ of mandate,” which is asking the state court of appeals to block Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe’s recent order enforcing its judgment in favor of Christian baker Cathy Miller. A writ of mandamus…

State Officials Seek Emotional Distress and Punitive Damages Despite their previous First Amendment loss, government lawyers have filed a new lawsuit against Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery, in Bakersfield, California. In August 2017, Miller declined to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple. As a devout Christian, Miller believes that marriage is…

State Officials Announce Intent to Sue Cathy Miller after Purportedly Finding More “Evidence” Despite already losing once in court, government lawyers for the Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) informed Christian baker Cathy Miller this afternoon that they intend to file a civil lawsuit over her refusal to create a custom wedding cake for…

State court judge “strikes a balance” between the government’s executive power and the force of his ruling that vindicated Christian baker’s First Amendment rights. Late yesterday, California state court judge David Lampe granted in part and denied in part Christian baker Cathy Miller’s motion to enforce the judge’s ruling that held that the First Amendment…

At Hearing, Christian Baker Argues Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case is “Over” Today, Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe heard oral argument on Cathy Miller’s motion to enforce the judge’s March 2018 ruling upholding Cathy’s First Amendment rights. Despite suffering the court loss, California state officials contend they still have executive authority to investigate Cathy…

Despite Court Defeat, State Officials Still Seek to Investigate Cathy Miller The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) responded yesterday to state officials’ claim that it must continue investigating Christian baker Cathy Miller, who was prosecuted for declining to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, despite suffering a resounding court loss. In…

One week after California officials abruptly reopened their administrative prosecution of Cathy Miller, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) filed a motion today in state court asking Judge David Lampe to enforce his ruling upholding Cathy’s First Amendment rights. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) began prosecuting Cathy, owner of Tastries Bakery…

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