Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Gays And Lesbians Should Not Have Birthdays, Ohio Baker Decrees
The law generally comes down on the side of "bake the damn cake," because bakeries are public businesses and accommodations.
Generally speaking, you can't refuse to bake a cake because the couple is black, so by extension, you can't deny the gay couple.
Of course, if I were to re-do my wedding day, I wouldn't want someone who hates me and my marriage to bake the cake. (Luckily, my 2012 wedding ceremony to Jeff was perfect, and so there's no need for a do-over.)
Still, the law isn't completely settled and the War Of The Gay Wedding Cakes drags on.
An Ohio baker has managed to take this one step further and decided not to bake a birthday cake for a lesbian because of her sexual orientation. Her "religious" objections to baking the cake were downright creepy.
We're talking a simple birthday cake here, not a wedding cake.
Candace Lowe of the Toledo, Ohio area is a newlywed whose new wife had a birthday just two weeks after their lovely wedding. She decided to surprise her wife with a nice treat from Take The Cake bakery in Toledo, says television station WTVG in Toledo.
Lowe ordered the cake from the bakery without mentioning her sexual orientation. Why would she? Pretty much nobody announces such personal information when they stop by a store to purchase something.
Most shopkeepers figure a customer has come into the shop and wants to give him money, so what the hell, treat the guy or gal nicely.
The owner of Take The Cake bakery then did something strange once Lowe left the store. She looked up Lowe on Facebook.
Now, that's weird. Why would a store owner take the time to stalk somebody on Facebook? You'd think she would just get busy baking the cake or helping other customers.
So we've come to this. Some people object to background checks on people wanting to buy guns. Here we have a background check on somebody wanting to buy a birthday cake.
Anyway, lo and behold on Facebook, there was Lowe, smiling in photographs of her recent wedding to her wife.
The bakery owner send Lowe a text, in a very cutesy childlike font that said: "I'm sorry. I just realized your (sic) in a same-sex relationship and we do not do cakes for same-sex weddings or parties.... I'm so sorry I just wasn't aware of this exactly until I saw your page. Take care:)"
Yes, the baker put a smiley face emoticon at the end of her bizarre, hateful text message. That'll make everything OK, right?
Lowe, undestandably upset, posted the message from the bakery on her Facebook page. It went viral, naturally. WTVG picked up the story and people around the world saw the weird story of the baker who wouldn't make a birthday cake for a lesbian.
Dan Savage, the writer, sex advisor and gay activist, had this good nugget to say about so called Christians who would agree with our Toledo baker:
"But it's not just our weddings they object to - it's our existence. Refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding says, 'I don't think you people should be able to celebrate or solemnize your relationship because same-sex marriage is a sin.'
Refusing to bake a birthcake for a lesbian says 'I don't think your birth is something to celebrate because the world would be better off if you didn't exist.'"
This whole mess in Toledo will play out just like all the other disputes over gay wedding cakes and gay marriage licenses vs. evangelicals play out.
The owner of Take the Cake will get death threats. I never understand why people do that. Like sending a death threat will actually help the situation. Others will boycott the bakery, which is certainly a more understandable reaction.
Religious conservatives will howl in protest, saying we're taking away Christians' right to be Christian. (I guess refusing to bake a cake is a very Christian thing to do, and never mind nobody is taking away anybody's right to think gay people are awful.)
The religious right will probably launch a GoFundMe campaign to keep the bakery afloat, since so many people aren't shopping there anymore
The bakery's Facebook page is already chock full of people objecting to the owner's bigotry.
Then the whole thing will fade away and this little kerfuffle will be forgotten.
It probably should be forgotten eventually. But it's still a nice illustration of the bizarre lengths some people in society will go to practice their bigoted lifestyles and mindsets.