Two former child stars got into a heated debate on The View over the Oregon wedding cake company that refused to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding.
Full House’s Candace Cameron Bure and That’s So Raven’s Raven-Symoné debated over whether or not the bakery had the right to refuse to bake the cake.
“The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age or religion,” Symoné, who came out in 2014, said. “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.’”
Bure, a conservative Christian, disagreed.
“No,” she said. “I think you are comparing apples to oranges here. 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 still have the right to choose who we associate with – but they did not refuse to bake cakes…It’s in the constitution. They didn’t refuse to bake the cake because of their sexual orientation, they baked a cake for them previously. They had a problem with the actual ceremony because that, the ceremony, is what conflicted with their religious beliefs.”
Whoopi Goldberg asked, “But were they invited to the wedding?” to which Bure replied, “No, but it was to provide a service.”
The former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa were ordered to pay $135,000 to compensate Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer after they refused to make their wedding cake.
The Christian bakery owners have vowed to appeal the ruling, saying, “We will not give up this fight, and we will not be silenced. We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for all Americans.”
Bure ended the conversation by saying, “Here’s the thing that I really wish we could do as a society, as a culture, as a country, is to respect that we have opposing views.”
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