A Colorado based bakery has allegedly refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because their business does not support same-sex marriage.
The American couple will tie the knot in September, and had hoped to have a rainbow-layered masterpiece made by Lakewood’s Masterpiece Cakeshop for their reception in October.
Denver Westword reported the couple, Dave Mullins, 28, and Charlie Craig, 31, claimed their order was refused by bakery owner Jack Phillips who told them their union was ‘illegal’.
‘This is the first time I’ve ever been refused service at a business because I was gay,’ Bullins said in a statement for Philadelphia Magazine. ‘I want [Phillips] to know that what he did hurt us.
‘All we wanted was a cake. We didn’t want him to put on a rainbow shirt and march in the gay pride parade.’
DW reports an unnamed Masterpiece Cakeshop employee would only say ‘We have nothing to say about that.’
When asked about the accusations of discrimination, he employee added: ‘We don’t want to talk about that, so you’ll just have to make something up.’
An online petition in support of the Colorado couple is looking for 750 signatures, and currently has 638.
The petition creator, Macklin McKenzie, said: ‘As a member of the LGBT community in the area, I am appalled at this abhorrent behavior. We need to send a message to them that in this day and age, bigotry cannot and will not be tolerated.
‘I’m not sure how the cakes taste, but I know how bigotry and hate tastes and it is disgusting.’
Mullins and Craig have now decided to order their wedding cake from ‘the gayest cake shop we could think of.’