A cake shop in Colorado has said no to gay weddings, but marriages between dogs are an occasion to be celebrated.
After the Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado denied service to Stephanie Schmalz and her partner Jeanine because of a “strict policy against selling cakes for same-sex weddings,” the couple decided to “try a little experiment.”
“[Stephanie] called the bakery and told the owner, Jack Phillips, that she was planning to host a wedding celebration for two dogs,” the ACLU, who the couple filed with, reported. “She told him that the dog wedding cake would need to feed 20 people and should be decorated with the names ‘Roscoe’ and ‘Buffy.’ Without hesitation, Phillips quoted her a price and asked how soon she needed it.”
The bakery has been denying service based on the “reading of the word of God.” The ACLU is suing Phillips for “using beliefs as an excuse to disrespect and discriminate against customers.”
“When another couple tried to place an order with Phillips, he told them he would not provide a cake for same-sex weddings, the same way he would not provide cakes for pedophiles,” the ACLU reported.
Both the ACLU and the lesbian couple see the situation as a case of discrimination.
“My goal is not to see somebody get out of business, but at the same time, if you sell cakes, you sell cakes. It shouldn’t have anything to do with anything about me – where I live, what I do, what color skin I have, anything else,” Jeannie said in a statement.
Phillips said he has no problem with gay customers but can’t tolerate marriage equality in his store and said he’d prefer to close his store than “compromise his beliefs.”
Phillips’ court date is set for sometime in the fall.