A Colorado bakery is under fire from a man who wanted a bible cake with a hate-filled anti-gay message.
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If you want a wedding cake, the Azucar Bakery in Denver wants to make one for you. Gay, straight, they don't care. A walk through their Facebook photos shows a vast assortment of cakes and desserts, which may be one of the reasons owner Marjorie Silva (photo above) won an award for Best Wedding Cake at the 2012 Colorado Chocolate Festival.
Recently, an older man walked into the bakery and asked for a bible-shaped cake, which was "no problem at all," Silva tells OutFront. In fact, she says she makes Christian-themed cakes "all the time."
The man pulled out a piece of paper with the words he wanted written on the cake, but he would not hand it over.
"He wanted us to write God hates …" one of the employees, Lindsey, told OutFront. "Just really radical stuff against gays."
"He wouldn’t allow me to make a copy of the message, but it was really hateful," Marjorie says. "I remember the words detestable, disgrace, homosexuality, and sinners."
"I told him that I would bake the cake in the shape of a Bible," says Marjorie. "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."
"He told me I needed to talk to my attorney about this," Marjorie adds, saying he then left the bakery, only to return a few hours later, to ask if she had contacted her lawyer. She had not.
Lindsey says she thinks the man "was looking for trouble, and describes him as "being really pushy and disruptive."
Silva has since been notified by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) that a discrimination complaint against the bakery has been filed.
In the response to the complaint, Lindsay wrote that the man "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."
Marjorie added, "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."
Of course, the story is getting a great deal of attention, even on social media.
On Reddit, readers were overwhelmingly supportive of the bakery.
A few comments from Redditors:
DORA will need to decide based on Colorado ordinances, but it seems unlikely the man can win. Or does it?
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