A bakery in Toledo, Ohio, has refused to sell a birthday cake after viewing the customer's Facebook page and realizing she is lesbian and in a same-sex marriage.
To clarify, the customer - Candice Lowe - was not looking for a wedding cake. This was a birthday cake meant as a surprise for her wife, Amanda, of two weeks.
The couple, who are sill celebrating their recent nuptials, were stunned to get word via text message that the bakery would not sell them a birthday cake because they "do not do cakes" for same-sex parties.
“I just realized you are in a same-sex relationship and we do not do cakes for same-sex weddings or parties…I’m so sorry, I wasn’t aware of this exactly until I saw your [Facebook] page. Take care :)”
The bakery's Facebook page has been inundated with comments supporting the Lowes.
LGBT activist Dan Savage weighed in on his blog:
Refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding says, "I don't think you people should be able to celebrate or solemnize your relationships because same-sex marriage is a sin." Refusing to bake a birthday cake for a lesbian says, "I don't think your birth is something to celebrate because the world would be better off if you didn't exist."According to the local ABC affiliate, the bakery had indicated they were open to comment on the story, but as you can see in the report below, the owners stopped answering or returning calls to reporters.
Welcome to America — where bigoted bakers do background checks to avoid selling cakes to lesbians (because Jesus) but we don't require merchants at gun shows to do background checks to avoid selling weapons of war to crazed terrorists, abusive spouses, and the mentally ill (because freedom).