Indiana Bakery Refuses Gay Cake Order

Probably spurred by the two marriage equality lawsuits filed there this month, an Indiana bakery yesterday announced it had refused to sell a cake for a “same-sex ceremony.” From the Facebook page of One Eleven Cakery:

As artist we must find the inspiration to create something special for our clients. 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. Please know that 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 believes. Everyone is entitled to their opinion we would encourage you to share those in a respectful way. We have happily done cakes for gay people, as well as people with different believes.

Indiana has no statewide public accommodation protection for LGBT citizens. However in Indianapolis, home to the One Eleven Cakery, such legal protections DO exist. (Tipped by JMG reader Homer)