Courthouse News reports:
In an echo of the high-profile gay wedding cake case before the U.S. Supreme Court, California this week sued a Bakersfield bakery to stop it from discriminating against same-sex couples.
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Wednesday filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Cathy’s Creations dba Tastries and its owner, Cathy Miller, on behalf of Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio.
Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe rejected a motion for a restraining order Thursday, but set a Feb. 2 hearing for a motion for a preliminary injunction: a suitable Groundhog Day date for an issue that appears to resonate nationwide far more strongly than a simple cake could be expected to do.
More from Bakersfield.com:
Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the state of California a temporary restraining order against a local bakery that refuses to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Lampe ruled Thursday that he didn’t have enough information to make the call.
But the case is scheduled to come back to Lampe on Feb. 2 at a hearing in which Tastries Bakery could be ordered to either make wedding cakes for members of the LGBTQ community — or stop making wedding cakes altogether.
According to court records, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing petitioned the court to issue a restraining order against Tastries and owner Cathy Miller, prohibiting her from denying service to same-sex couples, as is her practice.