Cake Shop Says No to Gay Couple

Another couple is turned away at another cake shop for being gay

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Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig are planning to tie the knot in Provincetown, Mass., this September. But when they tried to order a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, the owner told the couple that he doesn’t bake cakes for gay weddings.

It’s a sentiment that’s also echoed on the bakery’s Yelp page, where other users say they, too, were turned away for being gay. The page is now being used to air complaints about the bakery’s homophobia – making the ratings for Masterpiece plummet.

“Shame on you for discriminating against someone based on their sexual preference,” writes Caroline F. “I will never purchase a cake from you,” adds Reyna S. “Even if you were the last bakery around, I would do without rather than purchase from you.”

The reason the shop’s giving for turning away the gay couple? They don’t make cakes for “illegal” things like commitment ceremonies. But the joke’s on them really since same-sex marriage is 100 percent legal in Massachusetts, where the couple plans to wed.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been refused service at a business because I was gay,” Mullins said in a statement. “I want [the cakeshop] to know that what [they] did hurt us. All we wanted was a cake. We didn’t want [the owner] to put on a rainbow shirt and march in the gay pride parade. This is me standing up for my community’s rights.”

Interestingly, Colorado actually prohibits discrimination like this. According to the state law, “Colorado Law prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation based on certain protected classes (characteristics).” Examples of prohibited discriminatory practices include: terms of service; denial of full and equal service; intimidation; failure to accommodate; access; conditions; privileges; advertising; and retaliation. Restaurants and other businesses fall under this category.

Aside from the blatant discrimination, we’re always surprised when an independent shop turns down more business in this economy. We hope the guys consider supporting a cake shop closer to their nuptials – we can think of many independent bakeries on the Cape that would be happy to have their business and happily be a part of their big gay.

A boycott of Masterpiece is also already in the works. Stay tuned.

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  • Ken

    What! They wont sell you a fruitcake? To bad heres some twinkies and candles…get over yourselves businesses have the right to refuse anyone. And if the gay community does not like it find another bakery…it’s that simple…you felt shocked and hurt ah well . . Couples, like man and woman look at gays as weirdos, why, because you all are, you stand out like a sore thumb, very sore thumb! Seriously! Maybe you should be a little discreet about your affection in public, holding hands etc…sucks to explain to my children when they ask what is that…my answer two seriously confused individuals… We were born this way! BS! You have some psychological issues, physical abuse, turned down and hurt by females, so yountrun to your best friend (same sex) and there it goes comfort each other and mistake your friendship by exploring other avenues, or parents were religious and you rebelled against our religion and most of all God….

  • Jim

    I just read a response by a man, whose name is Ken, and I wanted to say how proud I am of him and his response to the cake shop incident with the gays. It is so refreshing and a relief to know that there are still people out in our sick and disgusting world that still stand up for whats truly righteous. I can’t agree more that gays and lesbo’s are not born being the way they are. It is a sick choice and they use being “born” this way as a sick excuse to justify their behavior. I am very proud of the cake shop. FINALLY someone is standing up for what is right in the sight of god! God bless the righteous and we’ll see the gays and lesbo’s at the judgement seat of god.

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