Toledo’s Take The Cake Bakery Refuses To Sell Birthday Cake To Lesbian

A bakery in Toledo, Ohio, has refused to sell a birthday cake after viewing the customer’s Facebook page and realizing she is lesbian and in a same-sex marriage.

To clarify, the customer – Candice Lowe – was not looking for a wedding cake. This was a birthday cake meant as a surprise for her wife, Amanda, of two weeks.

The couple, who are sill celebrating their recent nuptials, were stunned to get word via text message that the bakery would not sell them a birthday cake because they “do not do cakes” for same-sex parties.

“I just realized you are in a same-sex relationship and we do not do cakes for same-sex weddings or parties…I’m so sorry, I wasn’t aware of this exactly until I saw your [Facebook] page. Take care :)”

The bakery’s Facebook page has been inundated with comments supporting the Lowes.

LGBT activist Dan Savage weighed in on his blog:

Refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding says, “I don’t think you people should be able to celebrate or solemnize your relationships because same-sex marriage is a sin.” Refusing to bake a birthday cake for a lesbian says, “I don’t think your birth is something to celebrate because the world would be better off if you didn’t exist.”

Welcome to America — where bigoted bakers do background checks to avoid selling cakes to lesbians (because Jesus) but we don’t require merchants at gun shows to do background checks to avoid selling weapons of war to crazed terrorists, abusive spouses, and the mentally ill (because freedom).

According to the local ABC affiliate, the bakery had indicated they were open to comment on the story, but as you can see in the report below, the owners stopped answering or returning calls to reporters.

After Two Losses In Court, Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Goes For Triple Crown

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop

Not content to be a 2-time loser in court, Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker located in Lakewood, has decided to take his bigotry to the state Supreme Court after refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple which is in direct violation of the state’s public accommodation laws.

On Aug. 13, the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld two previous rulings and found that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips cannot cite his religious beliefs or free-speech rights in refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins were turned away by Phillips while trying to buy a custom wedding cake. Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and wanted a cake to celebrate in Colorado.

Phillips told the couple that he would not make them a wedding cake because of his religious beliefs.

The petition, filed by Phillips’ attorneys on Friday, asks the state’s high court to decide whether Phillips’ religious beliefs about marriage are being violated. They’re also asking the justices to consider whether forcing Phillips to create an “artistic expression” that is against his religious beliefs violates his free speech rights.

“From Masterpiece’s inception, he has integrated his faith and work,” Phillips’ attorneys wrote in the filing. “Phillips also honors God through his creative work by declining to use his artistic talents to design and create cakes that violate his religious beliefs.”

Colorado law bans discrimination in a public place on grounds of sexual orientation.

To reiterate – same-sex marriage is not the problem here. A man refusing to serve people based on their sexual orientation, which is against the law in Colorado, is the issue.

Colorado Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Anti-Gay Baker

The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips violated the state’s public accommodation law when he refused to sell a gay couple a wedding cake in 2012.

From ABC7 in Denver:

Phillips’ attorneys asked the Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling, arguing the decision violates Phillips’ First Amendment rights. The attorneys argued he was not discriminating against same-sex couples, but rather refusing based on their intended conduct.

Court of Appeals justices, however, pointed out that same-sex couples are the only kind likely to engage in same-sex marriage.

“Masterpiece’s distinction, therefore, is one without a difference,” Thursday’s decision states. “But for their sexual orientation, Craig and Mullins would not have sought to enter into a same-sex marriage, and but for their intent to do so, Masterpiece would not have denied them its services.”

At the time, Phillips said that while he’d be happy to make the couple brownies or a birthday cake, due to his deeply religious beliefs he could not make a wedding cake for a gay wedding.

Patrick Stewart On Northern Ireland Bakers Who Refuse To Make Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

We’re all aware of the issues involving those in the wedding industry who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings here in the US.

And similar issues have arisen abroad. For instance, in Northern Ireland, Ashers Bakery found itself on the losing end of a lawsuit for refusing to make a cake with the words “support gay marriage” above a picture of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. The incident sparked widespread debate.

Talking on Newsnight last night, Star Trek & X-Men star Patrick Stewart was asked about the incident and he responded like this:

“Finally, I found myself on the side of the bakers.

“It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected, it was not because they were celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them.

“It was the actual words on the cake they objected to. Because they found the words offensive. I would support their rights to say ‘no, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it.'”

Watch Stewart explain below:

UPDATE: Patrick Stewart just posted this to his Facebook page. I’m guessing he got some push-back.

As part of my advocacy for Amnesty International, I gave an interview on a number of subjects related to human rights, civil rights and freedom of speech. During the interview, I was asked about the Irish bakers who refused to put a message on a cake which supported marriage equality, because of their beliefs. In my view, this particular matter was not about discrimination, but rather personal freedoms and what constitutes them, including the freedom to object. Both equality and freedom of speech are fundamental rights— and this case underscores how we need to ensure one isn’t compromised in the pursuit of the other. I know many disagree with my sentiments, including the courts. I respect and understand their position, especially in this important climate where the tides of prejudices and inequality are (thankfully) turning. What I cannot respect is that some have conflated my position on this single matter to assume I’m anti-equality or that I share the personal beliefs of the bakers. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could be further from the truth. I have long championed the rights of the LGBT community, because equality should not only be, as the people of Ireland powerfully showed the world, universally embraced, but treasured.

GoFundMe Cancels Anti-Gay Oregon Bakers Money Beg

Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa

I wrote yesterday about the anti-gay Oregon bakers at Sweet Cakes by Melissa who are looking at a $135,000 fine for breaking public accommodation laws by not serving a lesbian couple.

The bakers took to GoFundMe to raise money from strangers to pay for their lawbreaking habits.

Within hours the campaign raised $110,000 but was halted by GoFundMe because raising money for breaking the law is against the Terms and Conditions of the website:

“After careful review by our team, we have found the “Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa” campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the “Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa” campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”

In the end, the bakers look to pocket $110,000.

Boo.

Oregon Judge Suggests $135K Fine For Anti-Gay Bakers

Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa

Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, has been fined $135,000 in a decision by an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Judge Alan McCullough issued his proposed fines today. The amount is not final, however. The State Labor Commissioner will have final say on the fine amount.

The controversy began in January 2013 when Aaron Klein turned away Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother at a cake-tasting appointment they had set up with Melissa Klein. Melissa Klein was not at the shop that day.

In August 2013, the women complained to BOLI. The agency conducted an investigation and in January 2014 brought charges that the Kleins had unlawfully discriminated against the couple because of their sexual orientation.

In a statement Friday, BOLI said: “The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants. Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot turn customers away because of race, sex, disability, age or religion. Our agency is committed to fair and thorough enforcement of Oregon civil rights laws, including the Equality Act of 2007.”

The Kleins have already set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to pay the fine. Over 12,000 was raise in less than three hours.

Florida: Pastor Baits Bakery With Anti-Gay Cake Order

Anti-gay Pastor Joshua Feuerstein decided to see if he could get an LGBT-friendly bakery (who advertised that they were LGBT-friendly) to make a cake with an anti-gay message: “We Do Not Support Gay Marriage.”

Feuerstein, recording on video, called Cut The Cake Bakery in Florida and proceeded to order his “hate cake.” The bakery owner who answered the phone denied the request, and hung up.

This is where it gets ugly.

Via Mediaite:

Feuerstein encouraged viewers to call the bakery and and help “expose the hypocrisy” they’re supposedly engaging in. Well, in a parallel of what happened to Memories Pizza in Indiana, Cut the Cake ended up receiving quite a lot of angry messages, including death threats.

Sharon Haller, who Feuerstein spoke to on the phone, said, “We started getting some hundreds of phone calls and making very nasty and negative gestures towards our business, towards us.”

Feuerstein took down the video at their request, but Cut the Cake posted it online so people could see it, along with a GoFundMe page that has raised, as of this posting, over $2000.

First of all, Florida has clear laws about recording phone calls. All parties have to be informed the call is being “intercepted” or recorded. Feuerstein did not inform the woman on the other end of the line. So, Feuerstein gets in some serious trouble here. The recording would be inadmissible in court since it was illegally done.

Second, there is a difference between making a cake for a loving celebration and making a cake with negative hate speech. And we all know it.

Third, the woman on the phone didn’t deny his order based on “religious beliefs.” She said she wouldn’t make it, and hung up. If she denies all “hate speech” cake orders, then she isn’t discriminating.

And now the baker is getting DEATH THREATS for not baking a hate speech cake? Seriously?

This is just a stunt. Plain and simple. Colorado just ruled a bakery there was not guilty of anything by denying a similarly negative messaged cake.

Oregon: Judge Rules Bakery Discriminated Against Gay Couple, Not A Religious Institution

By now, we all know the story of the Oregon bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which in January 2013 refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

The bakery owner, Aaron Klein, refused to make the cake when he realized the cake would be eaten at a same-sex wedding.

The couple filed a discrimination complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries on the basis of sexual orientation. Under Oregon state law, you can’t refuse service to someone because they are gay.

A judge has now weighed in on the matter. And the bakery, not surprisingly, has been found guilty of – yes – discrimination.

The ruling via press release:

The Interim Order finds that the undisputed material facts support charges of unlawful discrimination under the Oregon Equality Act. An administrative hearing scheduled for March will focus on damages for the same-sex couple.

Under Oregon law, Oregonians may not be denied service based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law provides an exemption for religious organizations and schools, but does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot legally deny service based on race, sex, age, disability or religion. The bakery is not a religious institution under law.

The Kleins argued against a connection between the same-sex couple’s sexual orientation and respondents’ alleged discriminatory action. The BOLI Interim Order rejects the argument:

As the Agency argues in support of its cross-motion, “[t]here is simply no reason to distinguish between services for a wedding ceremony between two persons of the same sex and the sexual orientation of that couple. The conduct, a marriage ceremony, is inextricably linked to a person’s sexual orientation.”

Bolding is mine.

On March 10th, the court will rule on what damages the bakery may owe the couple.

It should be noted that the bakery’s website pointedly makes this notation:

We here at Sweet Cakes strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives, we feel truely honored when we are chosen to do the cake for your special day.

Pennsylvania bakery refuses to make wedding cake for lesbian wedding

A Schuylkill County bakery is getting some unwanted attention after refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, Bethanny and Jennifer Petrich.

“I loved the work they did and it tasted great. It’s a hometown bakery. I wanted to support my hometown,” said Jennifer Petrich.

(Isn’t that great?  The local girl wanted to SUPPORT her local bakery…)

“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.”

Later, however, the bakery called back to say the owner had talked to Jesus for two weeks and seeing as the wedding was between two women, the bakery would not be able to fulfill the order.

(Umm, not so great.  The local bakery doesn’t want to SUPPORT her local LGBT community…)

Lorraine Fleming, the bakery’s owner, said “I’m not sorry for my decision and I feel strong. I know that I’m doing the right thing.”

Fleming went on to say that although there “is homosexuality in her own family” the decision was made based on her deeply held religious beliefs.  “I’m sorry for the damage that’s been done as far as hurt feelings.”

Jennifer said, “We asked her to make us a wedding cake and not marry us. I didn’t understand.”

In the United States, there are currently 29 states – including Pennsylvania – without comprehensive, sexual orientation-inclusive non-discrimination laws.  And so, it is perfectly legal for The Cake Pros to discriminate in this case.

Boooooo!

(via WFMZ.com)

Colorado: Bakery happy to bake for dog wedding but not lesbians

Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado will bake for dog wedding but not for gay marriage

Another bakery – this time in Colorado – decided they couldn’t possibly bake for a same-sex wedding/commitment ceremony based on deeply held religious beliefs.

And then they agreed to make goods for a dog wedding.

Bakery fail.

From the ACLU.org:

Stephanie Schmalz and her partner, Jeanine, wanted to order some cupcakes to celebrate their commitment ceremony. They contacted Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, but the store refused to take their order, informing the couple that they have a strict policy against selling cakes for same-sex weddings and ceremonies.

Then Stephanie tried a little experiment. She called the bakery and told the owner, Jack Phillips, that she was planning to host a wedding celebration for two dogs. She told him that the dog wedding cake would need to feed 20 people and should be decorated with the names “Roscoe” and “Buffy.” Without hesitation, Phillips quoted her a price and asked how soon she needed it.

When another couple tried to place an order with Phillips, he told them he would not provide a cake for same-sex weddings, the same way he would not provide cakes for pedophiles.

More at ACLU.org

(tipped by longtime Randy Report reader John)