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First wedding cakes, now birthday cakes too!

First wedding cakes, now birthday cakes too!

Since the US Supreme Court’s historic ruling bringing marriage equality to same gender couples in the entire USA, wedding venders, especially bakers, have occasionally refused to bake wedding cakes or provide other wedding services for LGBT couples. Now, at least one baker has decided that not only will she not create wedding cakes for same gender couples, but if she finds out that someone is LGBT, she won’t make them a birthday cake either.

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Candice & Amanda Lowe at their wedding two weeks ago.

Candice & Amanda Lowe were married two weeks ago. They have been on their honeymoon in Miami FL. Before they left for Florida, Candice ordered a birthday cake for Amanda’s surprise birthday party, which was to be celebrated after their return home. She ordered the cake from Take the Cake: Bakery and Cake Design Shop in Toledo OH. However, while in Florida, on 4 JUL, Candice received a text message from the baker, LeGresha Fizer-Brown. In the text message the baker stated that she would not bake the cake, as she did not provide cakes for GLBT folks. Of course, Fizer-Brown had no idea that Candice was a lesbian when the cake was ordered and admitted that in her text message. Fizer-Brown, who runs her bakery out of her home, asked Candice for her Facebook page address, promising that when the cake was finished, she would post a photo of the cake to Candice’s page. It was by reading Candice’s FB page that the baker learned that Candice was not only a lesbian, but also recently married.

Candice was stunned by the text message at first, but later she posted a screenshot of the message to her FB page for family and friends to see. Her FB post went viral and has garnered support for the couple from across the country. It appears that folks have also “taken it to the streets” online by posting negative comments about the bakery on both Yelp and the Take the Cake FB page. The local ABC & NBC affiliates also have picked up the story and have covered it in their local news broadcasts. After telling the ABC affiliate she would speak to a reporter, to date Fizer-Brown has not returned phone calls or answered the door of her business for media inquiries. No one currently understands Fizer-Brown’s reasoning for not providing cakes to LGBT folks.

Although Toledo OH has anti-discrimination legislation on the books to protect LGBT folks with regard to housing and employment, it does not specifically include public services & accommodations. The couple have not stated that they intend to take legal action against the bakery. They have expressed that they hope the bakery has learned something from this situation. At this point it is unknown whether Fizer-Brown is using “religious liberty” as her reasoning for denying service to LGBT community members. But this experience is a demonstration of LGBT folks experiencing the sting and disappointment of ongoing discrimination in the US.

The text screenshot & the photo are from Candice Lowe’s Facebook page.

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Gloriamarie Amalfitano

Someone in this discussion wrote that we already have "religious freedom" in the USA. If that person means those laws which some states have passed in order to legalize their discriminatory practices, I suppose we do. But I maintain that is contrary to the teachings of Jesus who tells us to love all of our neighbors and to concentrate on dealing with our own sins rather than those we perceive to be the sins of others.

Please see what Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian has to say about religious freedom
https://www.facebook.com/Mrs-Betty-Bowers-Americas-Best-Christian-312383761871/?fref=ts

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JC Fisher

"Take care. 🙂 "

I wonder if the arresting officer offered Rosa Parks a literal smiling face?

And on this Sunday when we hear the "Good Samaritan" gospel: I would tell baker LeGresha Fizer-Brown, you did NOT act as Candace Lowe's neighbor!

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Gloriamarie Amalfitano

"To date, most of the businesses that have denied wedding services to same gender couples have used religious liberty as their defense of their decision to discriminate. It is very much a religious issue, part and parcel with civil rights."

So-called religious liberty violates the first amendment. Any day now one of these "religious liberty" cases will end up before the Supreme Court and they will blast "religious liberty" to smithereens.

People who identify themselves as Christians violate Jesus commandment to love neighbor as one's self, judge not lest you yourself fall under judgement.

" If the law does not specifically extend LGBT folks protection from discrimination in public accommodation or the vending of goods & services, then we may be out of luck until we get individual laws expanded or a federal law that covers all of the categories of discrimination. "

Oh, granted LGBT have as yet no legal protection under the law. Which is ridiculous. Congress should have acted the day after Matthew Sheppard was martyred.

However, if discrimination on the basis of race, color, and creed, age, disability, handicap, gender is illegal is it really such a far stretch that we might as well stretch it to include LGBT since the spirit of the law carries weight.

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Gloriamarie Amalfitano

Gregory Orloff, this NOT a religious issue. It is a matter of civil rights, the law, bigotry, discrimination.

If it is against the law to discriminate on the basis of color, creed, etc, then by extension it is against the law to discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.

Nancy Allen since the actual issue o the denial of a birthday cake ordered by one of a SSM, SSM marriage is already on the table in this discussion. Additionally he used arguments that have been used in the past by people opposed to SSM.

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Gregory Orloff

Gloriamarie Amalfintano, it IS a religious issue if people wanting to break the law and practice discrimination justify doing so on religious grounds.

My post simply pointed out that religious justification doesn't hold any water when it comes to what Christ Jesus taught about God while teaching his followers to mimic God's behavior.

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Gregory Orloff

How sad.

God makes the sun shine and the rain fall on sinner and saint alike, for their good, with no distinction or discrimination whatsoever (Matthew 5:45).

Yet those who claim to be his most faithful of followers feel, on pain of hell fire, that they must deny another human being a simple cake to maintain fidelity.

When God's followers don't mimic God's own behavior... Well, you can see the only conclusion that can be drawn...

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