“Our business is God’s business.”
Tastries Bakery in California is facing backlash after refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple based on their religious beliefs. The owner of the bakery, Cathy Miller, told KGET17 that “participating in a same-sex marriage goes against my conscience”.
“A ceremony, when you’re getting married is in the eyes of the Lord, okay, and that’s a celebration of a union that God has brought together and that’s a whole lot different than coming in and wanting a cookie,” she added.
The customer, Eileen Del Rio, announced on social media that she visited Tastries to choose the design of the cake, but was refused once Miller learned that her fiancée was a woman.
“She don’t condone same sex marriages so refused to make our wedding cake,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “We had already picked everything out. All we had to do is taste. She took over the process and told us she does not support the gays in any way”.
Tastries has faced heat on social media, being criticised for prejudice and homophobia, with KGET17 reporting a that boycott of the bakery has been called.
The California civil code guarantees equal access to all accommodations and services despite an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, so why is nobody drawing a line in the icing?
Miller has defended her decision, claiming that she is “hurt by all of this”, and “does not want to be picked on for her beliefs”. She claims that same-sex marriage couples have visited her bakery before, and she has previously helped them to book an appointment with a competitor bakery.
Stephanie Fisher, the owner of this rival bakery Gimme Some Sugar, said: “For me, I just needed to know that they had a place to go… When they walk in the door, I want them to feel loved and feel safe.”
Meanwhile, local wedding photographer and owner of Moment Portraits, Brandon Rose has taken pity on Del Rio and her fiancée, kindly offering to take their wedding photographs for free, meaning there is a silver lining for the couple after all.
“I am looking forward to possibly doing their wedding and making them happy,” he said.
Earlier this year, Ashers bakery in Belfast refused to make a cake featuring a pro same-sex marriage slogan despite having being found guilty of discrimination in 2015 for the same thing, and Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado will face supreme court this October for its refusal to sell David Mullins and Charlie Craig a wedding cake in July 2012.
This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.