Edie and David Delorme, owners of Kern’s Bake Shop, made news when they refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on Feb. 17 in Longview, Texas.
Edie cited her Christian religious beliefs as the reason for denying the cake to Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolejo.
“I was up front with them,” Edie told Fox News. “I said, ‘I’m sorry but we don’t provide wedding cakes for homosexual marriages.'”
“We don’t do cakes that might conflict with our spiritual convictions,” Edie added. “It was not something personal against the two young men. We just need to be able to run our business in a way that honors God.”
After news of the bakery's refusal to serve the gay couple broke, the Delormes said they received threats and bad reviews on social media sites.
“There’s something wrong with that,” David said. “Homosexuals have a right to live their lives ... But we want to live and practice our faith and run our bakery in a way that honors God.”
“We just want equal rights,” David added. “We want to be treated equally.”
The bakery's Facebook page is no longer available, but the store's Yelp page includes these reviews:
"Cakes reek of bigotry! I would never patronize a company that does not serve all of the public."
"Practicing discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. What makes it funny is the owner looks like a lesbian!"
"If I were you, I'd take my business to a bakery that serves all customers."
The Delormes are now represented by First Liberty, a Christian-based law firm, because they fear they will be targeted by LGBTQ activists.
“We are representing them,” Michael Berry, a lawyer for First Liberty, told Fox News. “When they start to receive threats towards their family and their business simply because of their religious convictions — there’s something wrong with that picture.”
Texas currently does not have any state laws that ban businesses from discriminating against gay people.