Sunday, January 25, 2015

Colorado bakery under fire for refusing cake order with words, "God hates gays'

A Colorado bakery is facing fire for refusing a customer who wanted a cake that contained the words, "God hates gays."

Azucar Bakery's owner Marjorie Silva, told USA Today she received the order from Bill Jack -- who's the founder of the Christian group, Worldview -- back in March 2014. She said Mr. Jack also wanted the cake to include an image of two hand-holding men, with an 'X' drawn through them.

"After I read [the requested text], I was like, 'No way,'" Ms. Silva said to USA Today. "We're not doing this. This is just very discriminatory and hateful."

Mr. Jack, however filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Divison, alleging discrimination on the part of the bakery.

He said, KUSA-TV reported: "I believe I was discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed. As a result, I filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. Out of respect for the process, I will wait for the director to release his findings before making further comments."

Jeff Johnston, an issues analyst at Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has said that his group supports the bakery and the right of the owner to exercise her First Amendment principles.

"This is a free speech issue and we support freedom of speech," he said, The Blaze reported. "It's also a religious or conscience issue -- the government should not force people to violate their core beliefs. Just as a Christian baker should not be required to create a cake for a same-sex ceremony, this baker should not be required to create a cake with a message that goes against her conscience."

Meanwhile, Ms. Silva claims that it's Mr. Jack who was "discriminating," she said, USA Today reported.

The Department of Regulatory Agencies has asked for an extension in the case, so it won't be resolved for at least a couple more months, USA Today said.

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