Bakery owner Cathy Miller has received horrific backlash after referring a same-sex couple to a different bakery to make their wedding cake.

As a Christian, she loves the couple, but her conscious could not allow her to be actively involved.

But does that make her a criminal?  Is it discrimination simply because she chooses not to do something?

Channel 23 Bakersfield reports:

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A Bakersfield bakery is facing controversy after they reportedly refused to serve a gay couple.

Posts on social media have criticized Tastries Bakery for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The owner of the bakery has said she chose not to create the cakes because of her beliefs.

Owner Cathy Miller said, “Here at Tastries, we love everyone my husband and I our Christians and we know that god created everyone and he created everyone equal so it’s not that we don’t like people of certain groups of people there is just certain things that violate my conscience.”  

Miller also said she referred the couples to a competing bakery who would be willing to take on the order.

Despite the conversation on social media Brandon Rose, the owner of Moment Portraits says he wants to help the couple. 

Rose says he is offering his photography services on the couple’s wedding day, free of charge.

“I’m looking forward to possibly doing their wedding and making them happy,” Rose said.

The web site Yelp, which rates restaurants and other businesses, noticed the bakery had received 4.5 stars and was one of the highest ranked bakeries in Bakersfield CA, but once the story had hit, floods of negative reviews started pouring in.

Yelp stopped the negative traffic with this message posted on the business page:

Active Cleanup Alert

This business recently made waves in the news, which often means that people come to this page to post their views on the news.

While we don’t take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer’s personal consumer experience with the business.

As a result, your posts to this page may be removed as part of our cleanup process beginning Monday, August 28, 2017, but you should feel free to post your thoughts about the recent media coverage for this business on Yelp Talk at any time.

The same sex couple described the incident on Facebook:

So the fiancé and I are out cake tasting in Bakersfield for OUR BIG DAY and the lady helping us (I have another name for her) ask’s, “So this is for the bride and goom?” (turning to Adams’s Mom) Uh, no it says Adam and Ted on your form! When we let her know, that it’s for us, she quickly (without hesitation) replies “Well I’m going to transfer your order to Stephanie @ Gimme Some Sugar Cakes”. She stands up, walks away, and calls Stephanie to “transfer” us (I think she meant to say REFUSE SERVICE to us) and refer us for an appointment. After she leaves a voicemail with Stephanie she comes back to update us and says “Ok, I’ve called her and left a message. We can do the design and Stephanie can do the filling. Your welcome to stay and enjoy MY cupcakes

So who do you think is over reacting?

Is a “transfer” the same thing as refusing service?  Can you compel people to do business with you?

Put your thoughts in the comments below.