Skip to comments.Lesbian couple mulls action against Christian wedding cake baker
Posted on 11/16/2011 2:07:21 PM PST by NYer
DES MOINES, Iowa, November 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Iowa baker who politely declined to provide a wedding cake for two lesbians based on her Christian values may face legal action from the couple.
Same-sex “marriage” was legalized in Iowa in 2009 by the state Supreme Court, and a 2007 state civil rights act disallows discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in matters of employment, education, housing, and public accommodation.
On Tuesday KCCI 8 Des Moines interviewed Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers, who said they were “shocked” when a local wedding cake business owner declined to provide the confection for their ceremony.
“It was degrading, you know, it was like she chastised us for wanting to do business with her,” said Vodraska.
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Victoria Childress, who runs the business from her home, said she told the couple that she was unable to give them a cake based on her Christian convictions. Both she and the couple say the conversation was cordial.
“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,” said Childress.
“It’s not so much to do with them, as it’s to do with me, and my walk with God and what I will answer (to) him for,” she added.
“They thanked me for being honest with them. They were very pleasant. I did not belittle them, I did not speak rudely to them. There were no condescending remarks made, nothing.”
The news station reports that the couple is unsure whether to file a civil rights complaint with the state. However, the couple has since reportedly released a statement calling Childress a “bigot,” and the baker says she has been deluged with hate mail that she has stopped reading.
Its really hard to read things like that, she told FOX News. Im a pretty quiet, soft-spoken person. But when I stand up for my convictions against things, Im very strong when it comes to that.
Christian businesses in America, including reception site owners and photographers declining to service homosexual couples, have routinely been targeted for lawsuits and harrassment in states that have legalized same-sex “marriage” or civil unions. Often the complaints spread through media, particularly gay blogs, where gay rights supporters are encouraged to keep up pressure on the offenders.
Victoria: go to the grocery store... buy two boxes of betty crocker cake mix and premade frosting... bake the cake and apply the icing... charge them $500.
Having that sign is what spared you the agony of a frivolous lawsuit. Kudos and thanks for the post and ping.
As a wedding cake baker I have pondered this very situation. My decision, should I ever face it, will be to jack my price up way high, (I have no fixed prices so I can get away with it) and tell them that any one I bake a cake for I spend a lot of time praying for, that they will meet the maker of the universe and get their lives in order.
See my post 15 for another way to get past it.
Pretty sure this eliminates the argument of public accommodation since she is simply providing a commodity, not accommodation.
The people voted for one man, one woman. A judge decided to let homos marry. The left doesn’t put up with this, why do we? God bless this woman for doing what’s right.
Does this mean shirtless and shoeless people can sue a restaurant for refusing them service?
If a person refuses service due to a religious conviction, how can a legitimate court deny that persons freedom of religion?
So thoughtless of James Madison to leave "freedom of religion" out of the Bill of Rights.
The whole point of gay rights is to punish Christians for their beliefs.
And to Destroy the Church .
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Even if you are correct legally (but baking cakes in her home doesn't sound like "providing accomodation" to me), this reminds me of Rosa Parks. It was illegal for her to sit in the front of the bus but she did it anyway. What's right can be much more important that what's deemed illegal.
From a legal standpoint, could the baker make the cake but use salt instead of sugar? Or put Bible verses condemning homosexuality and advocating marriage between a man and a woman on the cake? Would that qualify as “discrimination”?
I know a Catholic priest who has laughed about this as he has said he would happily die before ever doing such a thing.
He was not kidding in the least.
shouldn’t the first amendment, i.e. freedom of religion trump two homosexuals >mental disorder> in this case and any other case?
YES IT SHOULD
homosexuals did this two Catholic charities too.
Two mentally disturbed homo’s said they wanted to play family so they went to get a kid.
Of course they chose Catholic charities knowing full well they would be refused and then they sued yet again thus closing down the adoption agency and therefore kids losing out due to the selfish disturbed acts of those homosexuals
Absolutely true. I call it "gay conquest."
maybe it is time for normal couples to go into their places and then sue when they refuse us.
Their websites have many places listed in various towns and cities where businesses are owned by queers.
Infact on some of their websites they have and encouraged queers to move into certain towns just to push laws to advance their agenda.
They really are sick and it takes all of us to stand up to their radical mental perverted agenda
It is in some states, from a legal perspective. I doubt Iowa is one of them.
What if a couple of leather S&M types came in and asked her to do cakes in the exact semblance of male and female genitalia, or with whips and torture depicted on top? Are you saying she'd have to do these as well?