What is it with Midwesten bakers refusing to serve LGBT people? First there was "Cupcakegate" in Indianapolis and now a Des Moines baker has refused to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers, who are engaged to be married, said planning for their June wedding took an unexpected turn during a taste-testing appointment Thursday afternoon.
"They came in and she introduced herself, and I said, 'Is this your sister?' (She said,) 'No, this is my partner.' I said, 'OK,' and I asked them to sit down and I said, 'We need to talk,'" said Victoria Childress, who runs her cake baking business from home. "I said, 'I'll tell you I'm a Christian, and I do have convictions.' And I said, 'I'm sorry to tell you, but I'm not going to be able to do your cake."
"I didn't do the cake because of my convictions for their lifestyle. It is my right as a business owner. It is my right, and it's not to discriminate against them. It's not so much to do with them, it's to do with me and my walk with God and what I will answer (to) him for," Childress said.
I've long said that people who insist on forcing a prejudiced business owner to do business with them are nuts. Would you want an anti-gay bigot making your wedding cake? I wouldn't. If I was forced to do it, I'd make the shittiest cake possible and charge out the nose for it. Thankfully, this couple seems more inclined to just do the story justice - publicize it.
When the shop owner says, "It's about me," she's right. It is. It's her right to be as prejudiced as she thinks her God demands; it's our right to let everyone know she blatantly judges the worthiness of couples' relationships when they try to purchase baked goods for their wedding.