“We shouldn’t let men marry men,” said random homophobe. “What’s next? They’ll want to marry their couches, and their dogs!”
Very close, random homophobe. We don’t want to actually marry our dogs, but we will try to have our dogs marry each other. And according to Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorodo, marrying two dogs is far more legitimate than marrying two people of the same sex.
Stephanie Schmalz and her partner Jeanine were on the hunt for cupcakes to feed guests at their commitment ceremony back in January. The couple wasn’t surprised after being turned away by the notoriously homophobic owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, but they were rightfully offended.
Jack Phillips, the bakery’s owner, has been in hot water before for refusing service to a number of gay couples in the Denver area, telling one that he “would not provide cakes for pedophiles,” and another that his policy is based on “reading of the word of God.”
Shortly after Phillips refused to work with the lesbian couple, Schmalz gave him a call back. This time, she requested a cake for Roscoe and Buffy, two dogs that were celebrating a small marriage ceremony with 20 other guests. Phillips gave Schmalz a quote, and asked for the wedding date.
After consulting with the ACLU of Colorado, the couple has filed a complaint against the company for “using beliefs as an excuse to disrespect and discriminate against customers.” The number of complaints against this particular baker have landed him a court date this fall, where he’ll need to come up with a better defense than “God” if he plans to keep his business running.
In the meantime, we wish the best for Roscoe and Buffy!