Bakery Refuses Gay Wedding Cake

Here is the story on CBS News.

Chick-fil-A’s president spoke out against gay marriage last week, sparking a huge uproar in the gay community, and now the issue is spilling over to a Colorado bakery.

The owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood refused to bake a wedding cake for a local gay couple and now people are pushing a boycott against the owner.

Shop owner Jack Phillips probably didn’t think he was going to be wading into a civil rights debate a week ago when he told the gay couple that he would not make a cake for their wedding, but that’s exactly what has happened.

Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig say they dated for nearly two years before getting engaged. They went into the Masterpiece Cake Shop thinking they’d spend a full day trying cakes for their ceremony. Instead the meeting lasted a few seconds.

 “My first comment was, ‘We’re getting married,’ and he just shut that down immediately,” Craig said.
Naturally Dave and Craig couldn’t just decide to get their cake someplace else. Just because Jack Phillips owns his business doesn’t mean he is allowed to run it the way he wants to according to his values.

Mullin and Craig were stunned. They went online and posted their experience on Facebook. The response has been huge.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the shop on Saturday and were very angry.

It wasn’t the first time the shop turned down gay couples who wanted a cake. Phillips has received more than 1,000 angry messages about his stance.

“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,” Phillips said. “It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle.”

Personally, I would have sold them the cake. Whatever he may think of their lifestyle, their money spends as well as any and no business can afford to turn away customers without good reason. Still, it is his business and he can run it however he pleases.

This again, to me, is a freedom issue. If you think Phillips is being a jerk about this, than freedom has to include the freedom to be a jerk. Otherwise it is not really freedom at all, and of course Dave, Craig and friends are completely free to take their business elsewhere.

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