111 Cakery, a Christian-owned bakery in Indianapolis, is refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
Mike Stephens and Shane Laney wanted to hold a commitment ceremony in April. Stephens says he recently called the 111 Cakery to order a cake (video below).
“[The owner] said, ‘We don’t do that. If I can help you with anything else, but we don’t discriminate.’” Stephens told FOX59. “That was the end of it. It’s disappointing.”
111 Cakery owners Randy and Trish McGath say they have never denied anyone service based on who they are or what they believe, but the couple also says they do business based on their Christian faith.
“As artists, we have to find inspiration to create something special for our clients,” Randy told FOX59. “When asked to do a cake for an occasion or with a theme that’s in opposition with our faith? It’s just hard for us. We struggle with that.”
111 Cakery does not make custom cakes about alcohol, drugs and violence, but apparently that policy also includes same-sex cakes.
“There is zero hate here,” added Randy. “This causes us to do a lot of soul searching. Why are we doing what we do? We want to show the love of Christ. We want to be right with our God, but we also want to show kindness and respect to other people.”
The McGaths tried to defend their anti-gay position on their Facebook page where they wrote: "We are not judging the lives of our clients."
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However, many Facebook commenters are calling for a boycott of the bakery.