Last Tuesday’s episode of The View featured two grown-up child stars debate over who gets to eat cake.
Candace Cameron Bure, former Full House star, sparked a debate with Raven Symoné, former Cosby Show star, about same-sex marriage and the First Amendment rights.
They began going head-to-head when Bure, discussed an Oregon bakery’s decision to refuse service to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, a lesbian couple.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of the bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa and devout Christians, were ordered by the Oregon Labor Commission earlier this month to pay a fine of $135,000 for the emotional and mental anguish the couple suffered.
Symoné reacted, “To me, it’s the same thing they did back in the day, saying that black people couldn’t do something because ‘it’s my religious belief.’”
Bure, a conservative Christian, disagreed, “I think you’re 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, and it’s about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with,” the Fuller House star continued.
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“[The bakery] didn’t refuse to bake the cake because of [the couple’s] sexual orientation,” Bure says. “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.”
As Bure trailed on, Symoné just had about enough. “I refuse to associate with you right now,” the former child star who had admitted to Oprah Winfrey in 2014 that she was gay, shut down the argument. “Is that okay?”
Whoopi Goldberg, The View co-host, countered Candace Bure and asked, “Were [the bakers] invited to the wedding?”
Bure’s answer: “No.”