Colorado Cake Shop Won’t Make Wedding Cakes For Same Sex Couples
A Colorado cake shop is under pressure to change their policy after refusing to make cakes for same sex weddings:
A Colorado cake shop has received scores of complaints and been targeted by protestors after it refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, rejected Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig’s request for a wedding cake last week after the couple told him of their plans to tie the knot.
The bakery’s public stance against gay marriage comes hot on the heels of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy declaring the fast-food chain supported ‘the biblical definition of the family unit’.
‘My first comment was, ‘We’re getting married,’ and he just shut that down immediately,’ Mr Craig told CBS Denver of his experience in the Lakewood cake shop.
The pair, who dated for two years before getting engaged, were shocked at the store’s policy, having expected to pay more than $1000 for the cake and spend a full day testing different varieties.
After posting about the discrimination on Facebook, the response has been huge, with gay and lesbian rights protestors targeting the bakery and calling for local residents to boycott the shop.
Mr Phillips has received more than 1,000 angry messages about his stance, which he claims is not anti-gay.
‘If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever,’ Mr Phillips said.
‘It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle.’
He admitted to having refused homosexual couples wedding cakes before and said he would close his cake shop before he compromised his beliefs on gay marriage.
Protestors are scheduled to target the shop again this Saturday.
‘I think it’s really important to our community to support local business,’ protester Cate Owen told CBS.
‘(But) if it has to do with discrimination I don’t think we should support it. I think we should want them to change their policies.’
Is this really discrimination or do business owners have a right to stand by their own beliefs?
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