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Pennsylvania Bakery Turns Away Lesbian Couple

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Cake ProsAnother wedding vendor in Pennsylvania has turned away a lesbian couple.

Towleroad.com reports:

A popular bakery in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania is making headlines after denying a wedding cake to a gay couple, WFMZ reports: Bethany and Jennifer Petrich now have to make a change of plans for a ceremony to renew their vows, WBRE reported. The women wanted to get a cake from The Cake Pros, a bakery in Schuylkill Haven. “I loved the work they did and it tasted great. It’s a hometown bakery. I wanted to support my hometown,” said Jennifer Petrich. “My mom, who is planning our wedding, called and made the appointment for us. It was okay at that time and she was open and honest and said it’s for Bethany and Jennifer.”

But the women say things took a not-so-sweet turn when Jennifer’s mom received a phone call. “They had called and said to her that they were a Christian bakery and the owner had talked to Jesus for two weeks and that because it was two females getting married she couldn’t make our cake,” said Jennifer.

It should be noted that Schuylkill County is the same county with the zombie clerk who keeps trying to singlehandedly turn back marriage equality in the state.

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Colorado Baker Still Won’t Make Cakes for Gay Weddings

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Gay Wedding CakeEven after losing his case on appeal, a Colorado baker who turned away a gay couple says he won’t make cakes for same sex weddings.

Pink News reports:

On Friday, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission upheld a previous finding that it was discriminatory for the Christian baker to refuse to serve a gay couple because of their sexual orientation. Commissioner Raju Jaram said: “I can believe anything I want, but if I’m going to do business here, I’d ought to not discriminate against people.” Phillips said in a statement that he was not going to change his policies, and that the court would have to shut his bakery down. He said: “I’m going to stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down.”

Ultimately, this comes down to two very different worldviews – one that says gays are like everyone else and should be treated accordingly, and one that says gays are sinners who choose to be homosexual. I don’t know how you ever reconcile those two, short of waiting for the latter to die out over time.

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Homophobic Colorado Bakery Loses Case

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Gay Wedding CakeThe bakery in Colorado that refused to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding lost an appeal yesterday.

LGBT Weekly reports:

Today, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission upheld administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer’s ruling that Masterpiece Bakery in suburban Denver could not turn away lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people seeking to purchase goods. Judge Spencer ruled in December of 2013 that the bakery would face fines if they continue to discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation. The bakery owner appealed the decision to the full state Civil Rights Commission, which upheld Judge Spencer’s decision. Colorado law prohibits public accommodations, including businesses like Masterpiece Cakeshop, from refusing service to customers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

There’s a difference between freedom of religion and freedom of an individual for-profit business owner to discriminate.

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USA, Indiana: Bakery Refuses to Make Cake for Gay Wedding

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

IndianaAn Indianapolis bakery turned away a couple who wanted a wedding cake for their commitment ceremony.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Mike Stephens and Shane Laney said the owner of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis told them “We don’t do that. If I can help you with anything else, but we don’t discriminate.” The phone conversation sparked a debate on the bakery’s Facebook page. Dozens have voiced their opinions to either attack or defend the business, reports WXIN-TV. Owners Randy and Trish McGath said in a post on their Facebook page that have never denied anyone through their doors based on who they are or what they believe, but that they have always done business based on their Christian faith.

We don’t discriminate? Isn’t that the very definition of what they are doing? And why is it always bakers? Is there a heretofore unnoticed connection between bakers and being Christian, like between Starbucks employees and being gay?

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IA: Lesbian Couple Just Wants Wedding Cake Debacle to End

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Iowa Wedding Cake DebacleAfter Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers were denied services by Victoria Childress, the owner of Victoria’s Cake Cottage in Des Moines, Iowa, last week — and were chastised about their sexual orientation and their upcoming wedding — firestorm or protest broke out from LGBT folks and allies. Childress has since made multiple local and national media appearances.

Yesterday, Vodraska and Sievers issued a statement with hope that they can “move on from this hurtful experience and continue planning their wedding” with family and friends.

“We have been a loving, committed couple for 8 years and on the day the Iowa Supreme Court granted us the freedom to marry, we got engaged. Ever since, we have been looking forward to our wedding day and have enjoyed making our wedding plans. What happened on Thursday was both disappointing and painful experience. We remain saddened by this incident and are grateful for the support we have received. We wish to put this situation behind us.

Full Story from The Advocate

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IA: Baker Refuses to Make Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Iowa Lesbian Wedding CakeLesbian couple Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers went to Victoria Childress for their wedding cake. At a taste-testing appointment they were told that she wouldn’t do it for them because it conflicts with ther Christian beliefs.

Said Childress: “I didn’t do the cake because of my convictions for their lifestyle. It is my right as a business owner. It is my right, and it’s not to discriminate against them. It’s not so much to do with them, it’s to do with me and my walk with God and what I will answer (to) him for.”

The couple says it was degrading: “It was like she chastised us for wanting to do business with her. I know Jesus loves me. I didn’t need her to tell me that. I didn’t go there for that. I just wanted to go there for a cake.”

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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