Let The Gays Eat Cake
The owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood refused to bake a wedding cake for a local gay couple and now people are pushing a boycott against the owner.
Shop owner Jack Phillips probably didn’t think he was going to be wading into a civil rights debate a week ago when he told the gay couple that he would not make a cake for their wedding, but that’s exactly what has happened.
Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig say they dated for nearly two years before getting engaged. They went into the Masterpiece Cake Shop thinking they’d spend a full day trying cakes for their ceremony. Instead the meeting lasted a few seconds.
“My first comment was, ‘We’re getting married,’ and he just shut that down immediately,” Craig said.
Mullin and Craig were stunned. They went online and posted their experience on Facebook. The response has been huge.
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the shop on Saturday and were very angry.
It wasn’t the first time the shop turned down gay couples who wanted a cake. Phillips has received more than 1,000 angry messages about his stance.
“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,” Phillips said. “It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle.”
This is exactly how this kind of bigotry should be handled, publicize it and protest it, letting people know exactly who the bigots are. I don't understand why any business would refuse to service any customer, customers are hard enough to keep coming when you accept all of them. Especially for a cake shop since over 2/3rds of people 18-34 support gay marriage or civil unions and I imagine that is their core demographic for selling wedding cakes to. People who make stupid business decisions deserve to go out of business and imo this is a really stupid business decision.
The few people who might order a cake to support the bigot will probably forget about this incident long before the people who boycott it. Somehow I don't think this guy is going to see any of the gays he has made birthday cakes for ever coming back through the door.
I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.- H.L. Mencken