Raven-Symone & Candace Cameron Bure Bicker Over Gay Marriage & Wedding Cakes

Another episode of The View, another opportunity to bicker over political and social issues. It’s what those ladies do best! Tuesday was no exception, as Candace Cameron Bure and Raven-Symone talked gay marriage and wedding cakes.


The Oregon Labor Commission ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer earlier this month, for the emotional distress of not being able to use a different baker for their lesbian wedding cake. It’s rough, yo.

In case you haven’t been following this case for months, small business owners Aaron and Melissa were forced to close up shop when all of their time, energy, and resources were suddenly gobbled up by a lawsuit from the Bowman-Cryers, who decided it was more important to make a political point than to respect someone’s deeply held religious beliefs.

The Kleins had the audacity to tell the couple that while they appreciated their business, they would have to decline to opportunity to create their wedding cake.

So back to The View on Tuesday, when Raven and Candace sat down for the Hot Topics segment to discuss the matter.

"The Oregon law bars businesses from discriminating against sexual orientation, race, disability, age, or religion," Symone 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.'"

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Bure disagreed, pointing out that discrimination and freedom of religion are two separate issues. "I don’t think this is discrimination at all. This is about freedom of association," she said. "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," she went on. "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."

"I refuse to associate with you right now," interrupted Symone. Whoopi Goldberg chimed in too, asking, "Were [the bakers] invited to the wedding?" I’m not really sure what that has to do with anything, but at least she got a word in.

It’s funny that Raven said she refused to associate with her fellow former child star. Maybe a judge should come in and force her to associate. And make her pay the Fuller House actress $135,000 for hurting her feelings by having different beliefs than her.  

When it comes to gay marriage, it doesn’t matter if it’s legal -- it should never trump religious rights, and no one should be forced to participate in a ceremony that goes against their beliefs.

What do you think about this case?


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