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…

Court of Appeals Asked to Strike Down California Mandate Forcing Church to Pay for Elective Abortions Skyline Church filed its opening brief in the Ninth Circuit last week, asking the court of appeals to rule that the California state government cannot force the church to provide abortion coverage in its employee health plans. The Freedom…

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…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) today filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court supporting Oregon state court judge Vance Day, a devout Christian who was suspended for three years without pay in part because he declined to volunteer to preside over same-sex weddings. Under Oregon state law, judges may voluntarily…

Pro-Life Journalist Also Files Motions to Lift “Gag Order” against Undercover Videos and Vindicate His First Amendment Rights FCDF filed three major motions today on behalf of David Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in the case National Abortion Federation v. David Daleiden, et al.  In 2015, NAF filed a massive, eleven-count…

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…

Despite suffering a resounding court defeat and in light of the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, officials for California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) are relaunching their administrative investigation of Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery. Charles LiMandri, FCDF’s chief counsel, said: “This is a witch hunt. Once again, the California government is…

Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund chief counsel Charles LiMandri, representing Cathy Miller and Tastries Bakery, presented oral argument today in support of their motion for attorneys’ fees. FCDF attorneys filed the motion after Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing’s (DFEH) request to force Miller to either create…

Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe has entered his final judgment in denying the State of California’s request to either force Cathy Miller to design custom wedding cakes for same-sex couples or not create wedding cakes at all. The judgment now closes the case in Superior Court, but the government can still appeal the decision…

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