Both sides respond to court ruling to stop preliminary injunction against local bakery

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The owner of Tastries Bakery and the attorney representing a same-sex couple denied service have responded Tuesday to an overnight Kern County court ruling in favor of the business to stop a preliminary injunction.

Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries Bakery, responded Tuesday morning, saying she is happy with the way the case was handled and that she can now move forward.

Miller said she has received a lot of support during this time.

"I do know the sentiment across the nation has been amazingly supportive towards us, I mean we've gotten emails and text messages and Facebook messages all the way from Ireland and the east coast and South America its just been a little bit overwhelming the support we have had in a positive way," Miller said.

The attorney representing the couple, Patricia Ziegler-Lopez, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon, expressing her client's disappointment:

We are disappointed but not surprised by ruling against the preliminary injunction. Bakersfield and Kern County, in general, is very conservative and that, unfortunately, includes some of the judges. But it’s not over. Our fight against bigotry and discrimination is only beginning.

On Monday night a Kern County judge ruled in favor of Miller's bakery to stop a temporary injunction that was filed by Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio after Miller was accused of refusing to design and sell the pair a wedding cake.

The injunction would have forced the bakery to temporarily sell to everybody or no one at all.

However, the judge ruled that the state cannot force the owner to sell cakes.

Judge Lampe cautioned that religion does not give businesses a right to refuse service to groups protected by the Unruh Civil Rights Act in other circumstances.

A set of court documents released last night stated that Miller provided the couple with an alternative means to obtain a cake by going to another establishment. The document also shows Miller had entered into an agreement with a competitor to refer same-sex couples to them instead.

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