Pennsylvania Christian Bakery Denies Lesbian Couple Wedding Cake (Video)
Jennifer and Bethany Petrich, who are married, wanted to renew their wedding vows and include a cake, but were recently turned away by a Christian bakery in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
The lesbian couple says they had an appointment with The Cake Pros bakery, which canceled on them because of their sexual orientation.
"It's a hometown bakery and I wanted to support my hometown," Jennifer told WBRE (video below).
"My mom, who is planning our wedding, called and made the appointment for us," added Jennifer. "It was okay at that time and and she was open and honest and said it's for Bethany and Jennifer."
However, the bakery called back.
"They had called and said to [my mom] they were a Christian bakery and the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks," Jennifer stated. "And that because it was two females getting married she couldn't bake our cake. We asked her to make us a wedding cake and not marry us."
"It's just very disappointing that there's still discrimination out there and it was just a cake," added Bethany. "I mean when two people are in love what difference does it make?"
Lorraine Fleming, who owns The Cake Pros, says her Christian beliefs will not allow her to bake a cake for a same-sex couple (video below).
"It was hard to do," Fleming told WBRE. "We have homosexuality in our family and it was a hard decision to make, but in the end when I die and I'm one on one with God I have to stand true to him."
Fleming did not say if she would bake a wedding cake for people who had been previously divorced, which is not allowed in most instances in the Bible.
The Cake Pros' Facebook page was filled with protests, support and arguments, so it was taken down. Fleming claims her employees have been threatened, noted WFMZ.
"It's absolutely absurd," resident Danielle Townsend told WBRE. "If they're trying to get a wedding cake they are getting married. It's legal. Why can't they get a wedding cake?"
However, resident Nicholas Piccioni disagrees, "It's their business. If they don't want to have a cake for gay people then it's their business."
"Like they say there is no such thing as bad publicity," added Piccioni. "Maybe people will be coming from Reading to support their business."
Townsend agreed The Cake Pros won't suffer because the area is so out of step with the rest of the U.S.