Actress Candace Cameron-Bure shocked the panel of The View Tuesday, when she vigorously defended the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding and were subsequently served a $135,000 fine and a gag order.
Off camera, one of the co-hosts of the program gasped out loud in surprise when Cameron-Bure vocally sided with the bakery owners, insisting that they were well within their constitutional rights and that their decision not to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding didn’t amount to discrimination.
“This is about freedom of association, it’s about constitutional rights, it’s about First Amendment rights,” said the former star of Full House during the Hot Topics segment of the show. “We do have the right to still choose who we associate with.”
Cameron-Bure argued that the bakery owners didn’t refuse to make the cake because the customers were lesbians. In fact, she said, “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,” she said.
Lesbian co-host Raven Symoné vehemently disagreed with the actress, claiming the bakery discriminated against the couple based on their “sexual orientation” and likened the case to past discrimination of black people, which Cameron-Bure said was “comparing apples to oranges.”
Cameron-Bure closed her argument by saying, “Here’s the other 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.”
Though none of the other four cohosts took her side in the debate, the Christian actress held her ground.
This isn’t the first time her faith has made news. On Dancing with the Stars in 2014, Cameron-Bure publicly stated: “I’m a Christian. My life revolves around my relationship with Jesus Christ,” which was met with cheers from the studio audience.
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