Indiana Bakery Denies Service to Same-Sex Couple
A bakery in Indianapolis, Ind., is coming under fire after reportedly refusing to bake a same-sex couple a cake, Indianapolis’ Fox affiliate station WXIN reports.
Mike Stephens and Shane Laney wanted to celebrate their relationship in a commitment ceremony in April and Stephens ordered a cake from 111 Cakery, located in downtown Indianapolis.
"[The owner] said, ’We don’t do that. If I can help you with anything else, but we don’t discriminate.’ That was the end of it," he told WXIN. "It’s disappointing."
Randy and Trish McGath, who owns the bakery, took to Facebook and posted a long message about the incident.
Though they say they are committed to "treat every person that walks through the door with Respect & Kindness" the Facebook post goes on to read:
" When asked to do a cake for an occasion or with a theme (alcohol explicit in nature) that is in opposition to our faith, that inspiration is not found. We feel that it is important for a paying customer to know when this is the case. Why would you want a cake that is less then inspired for your special event. That is why this week we told a man that requested a cake for a same-sex ceremony that it was against our policy, but we would be happy to help him with anything else.
It was not that we wanted to deny them a cake it’s just tough to create something that goes against your beliefs. Was this the right thing to say? Maybe not, but this phone call caused us to do a lot of soul searching because we want to be right with our God as well as respect others. We have not heard from this man but would welcome a chance to meet with him. We sincerely wish them the best."
The post adds: "there is zero hate here. We are not judging the lives of our clients. We are not trying to make a political statement or change someone’s mind. We respect the fact that everyone has different values and beliefs. Everyone is entitled to their opinion we would encourage you to share those in a respectful way."
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