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Denver Bakery Owner Refuses To Create Homophobic Cake For Conservative Wingnut

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Marjorie Silva owns and operates the Azucar Bakery in Denver, Colorado where she specializes in creating custom-made, imaginative wedding cakes. For that reason, she wasn’t surprised when a potential customer came into the shop inquiring about whether she could bake a cake shaped like a bible for a special occasion.

She assured the man that that wouldn’t be a problem, and asked a bit more about what kind of design he had in mind. The man proceeded to pull out a piece of paper describing the cake, but he refused to show it to the Azucar employees.

"He wouldn’t allow me to make a copy of the message, but it was really hateful," Silva told OutFront. "I remember the words detestable, disgrace, homosexuality, and sinners."

According to another employee, the man was asking for a cake covered in anti-gay, religious condemnation, something that Silva flatly refused.

"I told him that I would bake the cake in the shape of a Bible," said Silva. "Then I told him I’d sell him a [decorating] bag with the right tip and the right icing so he could write those things himself."

Upset, the man left the bakery and warned Silva that she and her employees would do well to get in contact with their attorneys; he planned on returning later that day. True to his word, the man returned hours later asking whether Silva had lawyered up. She described the man as “being really pushy and disruptive,” but thought nothing of his strange behavior and asked him to leave once again.

Soon after that first interaction, Silva received notice from the Department of Regulatory Agencies that a discrimination complaint had be filed against the bakery. Silva and her employees stood by the decision to turn away the man for his homophobic demands and further described his ludicrous inquiry:

"[He] wanted an open book with the words 'god hates homosexuality' and a 'no' sign over two men. He also wanted a scripture and the Ghostbusters logo.

The customer wanted us to draw two males holding hands … with a big 'X' on them. I told him that we do not like to discriminate in this bakery, we accept all humans and that the message and drawing is extremely rude."


Denver Gay Bar Found Guilty of Discriminating Against Drag Queen: VIDEO

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Back in November we posted about the Denver Wrangler, a gay 'Bear' bar in the Mile High City which was under fire for a transphobic gender matching ID policy in which a man named Vito Marzano was turned away from the bar when he showed up in drag.

MarzanoEarlier this week the Civil Rights Division at the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies ruled that the bar discriminated against Marzano and that the bar has a history of discriminating against women and effeminate men, the Denver Post reports:

An investigation by DORA's division of civil rights found the bar violated Vito Marzano's right to public accommodations on Aug. 31, 2013, when it turned him away because of his appearance, according to the document.

"The law is new and developing. I think you will see more cases that are consistent with this ruling," said Darold Killmer, a Denver-based civil rights lawyer. "I think this was a courageous decision, but a correct decision by the Civil Rights Division."

DORA is ordering The Wrangler, a high-profile uptown gay bar, to go through mediation with Marzano, according to the document obtained by The Denver Post on Monday.

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Pat Robertson: Gays Want 'Open Sex with Anybody'

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Wingnut leader of the Christian Broadcasting Network Pat Robertson yesterday claimed that the gay community is preparing to drive Christians out of business and turn the U.S. into a “perverse” place that is ripe for “destruction,” reports Right Wing Watch.

Responding to a report on Colorado baker Jack Phillips’ ongoing fight to be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples, Robertson said:

“What our civil rights commissions and others are saying is, ‘We want to endanger our society and set it up for the judgment of God and if you Christians don’t like it then get out.”

Comparing demands for LGBTI equality with the biblical story Sodom and Gomorrah, he continued:

“What the gays are saying is, ‘we’re going to drive you out of town, either you conform to us or you must leave.’ That’s the message that’s being put out, it’s the same message that there was in Sodom and Gomorrah: You’re either going to have sex with angels or have open sex with anybody or else you leave, or you go out of business. That’s America, you don’t want that, do you?”

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Christian Broadcasting Network Profiles Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Jack Phillips - VIDEO

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The Christian Broadcasting Network yesterday profiled Jack Phillips, a Denver baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.

According to the broadcaster, “Jack’s Christian faith landed him in trouble with the law. His crime? Adhering to his biblical belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Phillips, who says that making the cake would violate the Christian principles by which he runs his business, claimed, “I did not discriminate against [the same-sex couple], just that event I chose not to participate in.”

Earlier this month, Phillips appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

In May, the CCRC rejected his appeal of an earlier ruling that he “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” in 2012.

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Denver Baker Appeals Colorado Civil Rights Commission's Finding That He Discriminated Against Gay Couple

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Denver baker Jack Phillips has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples, reports ABC News.

In May, the CCRC rejected Phillips’ appeal of a judge’s earlier ruling that he “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” in 2012.

Phillips has said that making the cake would violate the Christian principles by which he runs his business.

Phillips' attorneys say that the decision violates the baker’s First Amendment rights.

Earlier this month we reported that a bakery in Northern Ireland could face legal action from The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland for refusing to take an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage.”

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Denver and Boulder Counties Continue to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

Colorado's ban on gay marriage was struck down earlier this week, and the ruling immediately stayed.

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The Denver County clerk's office on Thursday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just hours after a Boulder judge rejected a bid by the state to block a similar move there.

...Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson's (pictured) decision came after a Boulder County judge said he would allow Boulder's clerk to continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, rejecting a request from Attorney General John Suthers to issue an injunction.

Denver issued 17 licenses to same-sex couples Thursday afternoon.

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert "Bo" Ortiz said he will begin issuing licenses to gay couples on Friday morning, and other county clerks said they were considering their next steps. At least four counties — El Paso, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Weld counties — said they had no plans to follow suit.

Governor John Hickenlooper has urged teh state's attorney general not to appeal the ruling.


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