Candace Cameron Bure defended the bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on “The View” Wednesday, stating that the owners’ stance was not an act of discrimination.
However, “The View” co-host Raven-Symoné started the conversation by defining it as just that.
“The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age or religion,” Raven-Symoné argued, “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.’”
However, “Fuller House” star Cameron Bure did not see it the same way, and defended the bakery.
“I don’t think this is discrimination at all. This is about freedom of association,” said the actress, who reprises her role as D.J. Tanner in Netflix’s upcoming reboot of the ’80s sitcom “Full House.”
“It’s about constitutional rights,” she said. “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,” she continued. “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.”
Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of “The View,” was quick to side with Raven-Symoné, who publicly came out on “Oprah” in 2014.
Earlier this month, the Portland-area bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Now, the former owners of the bakery must pay $135,000 to compensate Rachel and Laurel Bowman Cryer.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the bakery, have vowed to appeal the ruling. The Kleins are devout Christians, and believe that the act of marriage should be between a man and a woman.
“We will not give up this fight, and we will not be silenced,” they wrote on Facebook. “We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for all Americans.”
The Bowman-Cryers were formally married in May 2014 when a federal judge lifted Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.
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