Cake discrimination, or a wedding cake discrimination case, is a sign of the times today, and this is something that a gay couple encountered at a Colorado bakery while looking for a wedding cake recently. While this is not the first time a gay couple was met with cake discrimination from this Colorado Masterpiece Cakeshop, it is the first time it has made national headlines.
According to Business Week on June 7, 2013, Dave Mullins and his new husband Charlie Craig visited the cake shop after getting married in Massachusetts. They wanted to order a wedding cake to celebrate this occasion while back at home in Colorado and they were refused. While the ACLU has gotten involved and a cake discrimination case has been filed, it is the comments from readers on this story from yesterday which may surprise you.
One of the first things folks pointed out is that this case is gaining much publicity, which is negative publicity for the cake shop. The discrimination that this couple encountered and the publicity it’s gained in recent days, might be enough to really slow down the cakeshop’s business. Several people thought this was a just punishment for such bigotry.
The ACLU stand is that the owners of the bakery broke the law by not taking the couple on as customers. The lawyer for the bake shop claims the owners of this establishment have a right to follow their religious beliefs. This will all be worked out in a court of law.
Some commenters on this story thought that the couple should simply frequent another bakery, again citing the negative publicity for this discrimination with the cake as a type of consequence for this business. Other’s thought the cake discrimination was completely within the rights of the owners of the bakery.
Here are some of the comments from yesterday’s article on the cake discrimination case:
Debbie T-B. wrote: “For those who think they should take their business elsewhere, did you not read the article, Jack Phillips broke the law. As a business, he cannot decide who he will sell his “wares” to based on his beliefs.”
Kim L-H. wrote: “As long as you own the business it’s your right to refuse service to anyone –“
Heidi W. wrote: “I am a Christian but don’t believe I have to push my beliefs on people. TO teach his own. To the gay couple, just go somewhere else and be happy. You should bring positive people into your life. Discrimination, whether color, sexual orientation, religion or whatever is always going to be part of our lives. I support people for being who they are. If you are gay, then be happy being gay. If you are straight, be happy being straight.”
Colleen C. wrote: “All the bakery would have to say is ,’sorry, we are booked for that date.’ They don’t have to explain anything to anybody by keep their beliefs to themselves.Now maybe that’s not the best way to handle it, but when you are in business, it is you JOB to satisfy your customers, not express your religious or moral beliefs to your customers.”
Cynthia G. wrote: “As a Christian I am appalled at how Christians treat gay people. Instead of showing the love of Christ we show hate and contempt. Do we judge everyone so harshly? Would this bakery refuse to make a wedding cake for a straight couple that lived together before getting married? I for one am not qualified to cast the first stone….”
April S. wrote: “Yeah, I guess anyone with such a gripe could just go “elsewhere,” but the point is, you shouldn’t have to. Cake is just food–the little folks on top of a cake are just representative–the baker can like or not like anything they want, but why should they care what little people go on top? It is a new world, people, and discrimination is never okay.”
Les A. wrote: “The gay couple has the right to pick their bakery and the bakery has the right to refuse service – period!”
You can read more of the comments here on Examiner.