We’ve heard of homophobes refusing to rent gay couples a reception hall, and turning them away at the inn for their honeymoon. But now A Denver-area bakery is refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Attacking our sweet tooth? Now it’s personal.
Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, says he has no ill will toward the LGBT community, he just doesn’t support gay marriage: “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. It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle,” Phillips said.
Would Phillips turn down a client if they were a gold digger marrying for money, or a serial monogamist marrying for the sixth time? We doubt it.
Members of the Lakewood community, gay and straight, are outraged and are calling for a boycott of Masterpiece.
“We need to send a message to them that in this day and age, bigotry cannot and will not be tolerated,” reads an online petition with 2,125 signatures. Dozens of protestors picketed the bakery last weekend and Phillips also says he’s received more than 1,000 angry messages.
But even the demonstrators say boycotting a local business is bittersweet: “I think it’s really important to our community to support local business,” protester Cate Owen told KCNC. “I think we should want them to change…it’s not like we want to shut them down.”