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State agency backs bakery that refused to decorate cakes with message critical of homosexuality

April 06, 2015

The Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that a bakery in Denver did not engage in discrimination when it refused to decorate cakes with messages critical of homosexuality.

In 2014, William Jack asked Azucar Bakery in Denver. for two Bible-shaped cakes with the following messages written on them: “God hates sin. Psalm 45:7,” “Homosexuality is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:2,” “God loves sinners,” and “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.”

According to a local media report, Jack also asked “that one cake have the image of two groomsmen holding hands in front of a cross with a red ‘X’ over them.”

Marjorie Silva, the bakery’s owner, declined Jack’s order but offered to bake the cakes and provide icing so that Jack could write the messages on the cake. Jack contacted the Colorado Civil Rights Division, stating that he was discriminated against because he was a Christian.

The state agency backed Silva and found that she denied the request because of its “derogatory language and imagery,” and not because of anti-Christian discrimination.

 


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  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 07, 2015 7:27 AM ET USA

    One can only wonder what the Colorado Civil Rights Division would have decided if Marjorie Silva declined to bake a cake for two homosexuals. It seems that justice depends on the agenda of the regulators and media instead of the law and the Constitution.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Apr. 06, 2015 11:17 PM ET USA

    Lewis Carroll would fully understand the Alice-in-wonderland nature of this decision, but thinking Christians must have a hard time with this nonsense. Let's ask the following question: what if Silva had declined to bake a cake for two homosexuals who wished to portray the groomsmen holding hands in front of the cross, with or without the Red X?

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Apr. 06, 2015 9:13 PM ET USA

    I think she is entitled to that... but if it were the other way around, I think that she should be entitled to that as well. I think that is the point of the customer. Not best way to make it, though.

  • Posted by: MAG - Apr. 06, 2015 6:39 PM ET USA

    More disturbing than the state's rationale is the baker's. She's Catholic. Catechism? What catechism?