An Indianapolis bakery, which claims it does not “discriminate”, recently refused to make a commitment ceremony cake for a same-sex couple according to Fox59 setting off a Facebook controversy.
Mike Stephens called 111 Cakery requesting a custom cake to celebrate 14 years of commitment with his partner Shane Laney only to be told by the owner, ” We don’t do that. If I can help you with anything else, but we don’t discriminate.”
Laney added, “It’s disappointing.”
Word of the refusal made it to the bakery’s Facebook page, sparking an online debate that forced the owners to respond.
The owners of the bakery, Randy and Trish McGath, explained to Fox59 that they haves always done business based on their Christian faith.
“As artists, we have to find inspiration to create something special for our clients,” said Randy. “When asked to do a cake for an occasion or with a theme that’s in opposition with our faith? It’s just hard for us. We struggle with that.”
The owners also insist they had no intention of hurting anyone and that they have never denied service to anyone who has come through their doors based upon who they are or their beliefs.
The bakery policies also include also not making custom cakes with messages related to alcohol, drugs and violence. However a quick check of their Facebook page shows that they have made exceptions in the past with a custom cake based upon the video shooting game Call of Duty that features a helmet, AR-15 assault rifle, and hand grenade cake toppers.
Owner Randy McGath further explained, “There is zero hate here.This causes us to do a lot of soul searching. Why are we doing what we do? We want to show the love of Christ. We want to be right with our God, but we also want to show kindness and respect to other people.”
Mike Stephens and Shane Laney have moved on with Mike saying, “We found someone that will do it for us so we’re going to focus on the good.”
Watch the video from Fox 59 below: