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Indianapolis Bakery Refuses to Make Cake for Gay Couple: VIDEO


111 Cakery, an Indianapolis baker that "has always done business based on their Christian faith" according to FOX59 News, is refusing to make a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

111cakeryIn doing so they have stepped right into the nationwide debate about anti-gay "religious freedom" legislative initiatives that have sprung from these types of incidents around the country.

Mike Stephens and Shane Laney approached the owners about getting a pastry:

“[The owner] said, ‘We don’t do that. If I can help you with anything else, but we don’t discriminate.’ That was the end of it,” he said. “It’s disappointing.”

Said the baker Randy McGath:

“As artists, we have to find inspiration to create something special for our clients. 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...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.

Watch FOX59's report (autoplay), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I would never have predicted that bakeries would be ground zero for this debate. And yet, here we are again.

    Posted by: Kevin | Mar 14, 2014 11:26:58 AM

  2. Discrimination plain and simple.

    Posted by: Martin | Mar 14, 2014 11:29:41 AM

  3. Oh FFS it's only cake! Get over it, you're as much of an artist as Michele Bachmann is a politician. Your cake has been consumed by gays, Muslims, Atheists, and all other kinds of people who do not abide by your "Faith", whether you know it or not.

    Also, please tell me why your beard is so short and do you open YOUR BUSINESS on a Sunday. You know, your "Faith's" Sky-daddy Day!

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 14, 2014 11:31:10 AM

  4. what about Public accomadation laws don't these people comprehend? Trying to USE thier religion as a mask to discriminate!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 14, 2014 11:31:32 AM

  5. According to this bakery gay love = alcoholism, drug abuse and violence.
    That was the overriding message from the news report.
    Have a good day all.

    Posted by: Martin | Mar 14, 2014 11:32:49 AM

  6. so they compare a cpl getting married - to alcohol, drugs and violence? Ohh I seeeeeeee

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 14, 2014 11:33:19 AM

  7. Can only hope the business folds. Is that discrimination?

    Posted by: Tony | Mar 14, 2014 11:34:10 AM

  8. They should have a big sign on their door that says we don't bake gay cakes so that we, and our friends, can avoid them without humiliation. Wanna be a bigot? Fine, but wear your bigotry proudly.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 14, 2014 11:36:22 AM

  9. They seem sincere and not motivated by animus. Moreover, they get to determine what violates their faith, not outsiders who do not share their faith. How can a Non-Christian tell Christians what would be sinful or against God? I don't know if Indianaplis includes sexual orientation in its public accommodations laws, but Indiana does not. They should not be forced to bake a cake that contravenes their sincere religious convictions. Let them be.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Mar 14, 2014 11:38:23 AM

  10. Also have to wonder if they would bake a cake for a straight couple where it's a second marriage for one of them. If they would, then their religious objection holds no water. If you discriminate based on the bible, you won't have many customers.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 14, 2014 11:38:41 AM

  11. @Kevin, I thought the same thing. What's wrong with these people?

    Posted by: Matt27 | Mar 14, 2014 11:41:28 AM

  12. i don't understand what the deal is. if a private company refuses service to an individual(s), that is their right. Why do they need to be compelled to serve people they don't care to? It's not a government support entity and therefore can run by it's own rules.

    The happy couple needs to find a new bakery and move on.

    Posted by: stephen | Mar 14, 2014 11:43:58 AM

  13. " How can a Non-Christian tell Christians what would be sinful or against God?"

    The Bible you ignorant parroting twit. It has all the answers and interpretations for said faith.

    Either you follow all of it. Or you don't. Simple as that.

    Also, either you accept doing business in a country where SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE are in the Constitution, meaning you cannot apply *YOUR* interpretation of a faith or another to federal and state laws, or you move to a more accommodating country, ie. a Theocracy.

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 14, 2014 11:44:54 AM

  14. If you do not make cakes based upon your beliefs for some but are ok with others, that IS discrimination.

    Posted by: Lucca | Mar 14, 2014 11:45:17 AM

  15. Malcolm, are you kidding? What about public accommodation laws don't you understand? They are open to the public for business. They probably have to undergo health department inspections, and use the public streets and sidewalks to get customers to their door. That's part of the bargain--their religious beliefs stop when they open a business to the general public.

    As for religious beliefs, this looks like a play to get publicity for their sad little business.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Mar 14, 2014 11:47:21 AM

  16. "We don't discriminate."

    Because wrapping your bigotry in Holy Scripture makes it something else, apparently.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Mar 14, 2014 11:47:47 AM

  17. The cake wasn't even for a wedding.

    Posted by: JMC | Mar 14, 2014 11:48:33 AM

  18. i'm turn, they should have to abide by public accomodation laws, but why would you want someone who hates everything about you to bake you a cake? there's gotta be a better bakery in Indy?

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 14, 2014 11:51:28 AM

  19. One Eleven, who are you to judge?

    Posted by: trees | Mar 14, 2014 11:51:33 AM

  20. What kind of straight guy becomes a baker anyway? .... LATENT!

    Posted by: Baker's Man | Mar 14, 2014 11:53:37 AM

  21. "...we also want to show kindness and respect to other people." Right, they will just show it to people other than gays.

    I don't know if they should be forced to make a cake for a gay wedding, but do they also not make them for 2nd marriages of divorced people? Or birthday cakes for adulterers, fornicators, etc.? (I'm not equating these with a gay wedding, their religion does.)

    Hopefully, straight allies will support a boycott of this business and they'll end up like other bakeries that have folded due to discriminatory policies. And they can deny it all they want, it is discrimination...sanctioned by their "church".

    Anyone else notice how the man did all the talking, and the woman sat meekly at his side being the good subservient Christian wife?

    It would be so awesome if a gay couple tricked them into making wedding cake by going in with a female friend pretending to be the fiance, then taking all kinds of "gay" pics with the cake at the real wedding. Imagine the horror of the "artists"! (who would probably sue).

    Posted by: calansf | Mar 14, 2014 11:57:30 AM

  22. There are so many ignorant people in this country and beyond. No amount of discussion with regard to public accommodation laws can penetrate their thick skulls. Sad.

    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 14, 2014 11:58:32 AM

  23. I think we should test what he says and see if he'll make cakes based on other things his FAITH does not condone.

    Posted by: HAHA-NO | Mar 14, 2014 11:59:38 AM

  24. While I believe this is discrimination plain and simple, it appears the State of Indiana may not. Both the state non-discrimination law and the city/county ordinance omit sexual orientation and gender identity from the list of protected classes.

    We may not win this one in court but that shouldn't stop us from posting the facts about their discrimination on Yelp and Facebook.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Mar 14, 2014 12:00:11 PM

  25. MALCOLM, your understanding is as dense as their cakes.

    Posted by: nikko | Mar 14, 2014 12:03:09 PM

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