Candace Cameron Bure and Raven-Symone got into a heated discussion on The View on Tuesday over, of all things, cake.
As Us Magazine reports, the evangelical Christian actress took a chair as a guest co-host for the "Hot Topics" roundtable discussion, and the topic of wedding cake came up. More specifically, a cake that an Oregon bakery refused to bake for a gay couple's wedding. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, citing religious objections. That decision wound up costing them $135,000 and igniting controversy about religious freedom when it comes to LGBTQ issues.
Raven-Symone took the side of the lesbian couple, and brought up racial discrimination as an example.
"The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age or religion, and to me, it's the same exact thing that they did back in the day saying that black people couldn't do certain things because it's my 'religious belief.'"Candace, who, like her brother Kirk Cameron, is outspoken about her devoutly Christian religious beliefs, took the side of the bakers.
"I don't think this is discrimination at all. This is about freedom of association. It's about constitutional rights. It's about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with. [The bakery] didn't refuse to bake the cake because of [the couple's] sexual orientation, In fact, they baked cakes for them previously. They had a problem with the actual ceremony because that — the ceremony — is what conflicted with their religious beliefs. They are saying that they stand for marriage between a man and a woman."Raven-Symone had enough.
"I refuse to associate with you right now."Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, the issue of gay rights and their relationship with religious liberty is becoming a hot-button topic in the U.S. On an almost weekly basis, stories of business owners refusing to do business with gay patrons - even hypothetically, as in the infamous case of Indiana's Memories Pizza - make the news. And states wrestle with how to strike a balance between protecting religious liberties of business owners while preventing discrimination against LGBTQ individuals; famously, Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law became something of a focal point of the controversy.
Do you believe Candace Cameron Bure was right to side with the Oregon bakers over their refusal to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple?
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