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Besides Sweet Cakes by Melissa, they are: ■ Masterpiece Cakeshop, Colorado: Owner Jack Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in July.
The Lakewood bakery has faced at least two protests, a Facebook-driven boycott, and a discrimination complaint from the state Attorney General that was scheduled for a hearing in September.
How could Adam and Steve’s marriage possibly hurt anyone else?
When religious-right leaders prophesy negative consequences from gay marriage, they are often seen as overwrought.
Writing in the Weekly Standard, Gallagher saw the end of adoptions services by Boston Catholic Charities as a foreshadowing of things to come.
(To retain its license, Gallagher explained, the agency would have to abide by the state’s anti-discrimination law, which had been extended to married same-sex couples.) She couched her warning in the form of a question: This March, then, unexpectedly, a mere two years after the introduction of gay marriage in America, a number of latent concerns about the impact of this innovation on religious freedom ceased to be theoretical.
In January, co-owner Aaron Klein had denied a request to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding.
“The Bible tells us to flee from sin,” his wife and business namesake, Melissa Klein told a Fox News columnist recently. Protests, boycotts, and a storm of media attention—much of it negative—ensued. Then, activists broadened the boycott: any wedding vendor that did business with Sweet Cakes would be targeted.
His wife added: “I guess in my mind I thought we lived in a lot nicer of a world where everybody tolerated everybody.” Christian Wedding Vendors Under Attack In 2006, a noted advocate for traditional marriage, Maggie Gallagher, warned that the legalization of same-sex marriage would lead to constraints on religious freedom.(Sources: news reports including local television.) ■ Liberty Ridge Farm, New York: The family-owned farm in mid-state New York is facing a human rights complaint after refusing to host a lesbian wedding in 2012.(Sources: local news sources here and here and the Huffington Post.) ■ All Occasion Party Place, Texas: In February, the Fort Worth-based wedding venue declined to host a wedding reception for a gay couple.After six years and hundreds of celebratory confections, it wasn’t the economy, the stiff competition, financing, or any of the other usual road bumps of building a new business that caused Sweet Cakes by Melissa—a husband-and-wife bakery in Portland, Oregon area—to close its doors at the end of the summer.Instead, it was the nationwide battle over same-sex marriage.
(Sources: The New York Times here and here, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Life Site News.) ■ Elane Photography, New Mexico: The state Supreme Court ruled in August that a New Mexico photography business owned by Elaine Huguenin and her husband Jon could not legally deny services to same-sex couples.