Friday, January 23, 2015
A Twist on Another "Gay Cake" Story
You have probably heard about the bakery in Denver which refused to make a gay wedding cake. And of course there is backlash and fallout.
But here's a twist. Another Denver bakery (Azuvar Bakery) is also under investigation... this time for not icing a cake with hateful homophobic bigotry.
Marjorie Silva, the owner, says that she was asked to make a bible-shaped cake for a male customer. After the order was complete he asked her to write “God hates gays” on the cake with two men holding hands and a cross on top of them.
She refused, but she did give him some icing and a piping bag suggesting that he write the words himself. That wasn't good enough and citing that he had been discriminated against because of his "creed," Bill Jack filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
Local Affiliate FOX covers it here.
A few things worth noting: Two years ago in Denver, a judge determined that a Lakewood bakery had in fact discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.
Also: Bill Jack, the alleged victim in this episode is a founder of Worldview Academy, which is a "non-denominational organization dedicated to helping Christians think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview,"
Nancy Leong, a University of Denver law professor,"This is not a situation where a business owner denied service to somebody. She offered to accommodate him to the extent that she could. In fact, requiring her to write that message would infringe on her own free speech rights.”
For its part, a prominent Christian group that lobbies for traditional marriage has said it supports Silva.
"This is a free speech issue, and we support freedom of speech. It's also a religious or conscience issue — the government should not force people to violate their core beliefs," Jeff Johnston, issues analyst with the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, told The Christian Post. "Just as a Christian baker should not be required to create a cake for a same-sex ceremony, this baker should not be required to create a cake with a message that goes against her conscience."
Time will tell if CO agrees with him.
Sound off in the comments... was she right to refuse his request? How is this differnt from a baker refusing to write positive gay marriage messages on a cake?