US: Bakery accused of discrimination for refusing ‘God hates gays’ cake
An anti-gay activist has filed a ‘religious discrimination’ complaint against a pro-gay bakery, that refused to bake a cake claiming that homosexuals are “detestable”.
The Azucar Bakery in Denver was approached by a customer in March last year, who requested a Bible-shaped cake.
The companny agreed to bake the cake – but quickly became uncomfortable with the man’s demands for anti-gay messages.
Owner Marjorie Silva told Out Front: “We make [Christian-themed] cakes all the time… no problem at all.
“He wanted us to write God hates… just really radical stuff against gays. He wouldn’t allow me to make a copy of the message, but it was really hateful.
“I remember the words detestable, disgrace, homosexuality, and sinners. I told him that I would bake the cake in the shape of a Bible.
“Then I told him I’d sell him a [decorating] bag with the right tip and the right icing so he could write those things himself.
“He told me I needed to talk to my attorney about this.”
The bakery later received a letter from the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), informing them that the man had filed a ‘religious discrimination’ complaint.
Ms Silva is waiting to file a response to the complaint.
She says: “I would like to make it clear that we never refused service. We only refused to write and draw what we felt was discriminatory against gays.
“In the same manner we would not make a discriminatory cake against Christians, we will not make one that discriminates against gays.”