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 celebration.
Last week, Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) attorneys representing Miller filed a response to the lawsuit, asserting fifteen legal defenses.
“Cathy does not discriminate against anyone, including LGBT customers,” said Daniel Piedra, FCDF’s executive director. “Rather, she simply does not create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events contrary to her Christian faith. We are hopeful that a jury will uphold Cathy’s First Amendment right to live and work according to her religious beliefs.”
Now that the Answer has been filed, the case will move into discovery, which will include depositions and document production. The case is Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Cathy’s Creations, et al., BCV-18-102633, in the Superior Court of the State of California County of Kern.