In Colorado, a bakery is being sued by a man who claims he was discriminated against after the baker refused to make him a cake with anti-gay slogans on it.
In March of 2014, Bill Jack put an order in for several bible-shaped cakes from the Azucar Bakery in Denver, Colorado.
The bakery’s owner Marjorie Silva says that Jack handed her a piece of paper with phrases like “God hates gays” and asked that they be put on the cake.
According to USA Today, Jack “wouldn’t let employees make a copy of the paper and would not read the words out loud, Silva claims.”
“After I read it, I was like ‘No way,’” Silva told the newspaper. “‘We’re not doing this. This is just very discriminatory and hateful.’”
She also says the customer requested an image of two men holding hands with an ‘X’ on top.
Jack later told 9NEWS that he figured this was a form of discrimination.
“I believe I was discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed.”
He went on to file a complaint with the Civil Rights division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies which will investigate the bakery for religious discrimination. A decision is slated to be made in a couple of months.
According to Jack’s website, he is the founder of Worldview Academy, a “non-denominational organization dedicated to helping Christians think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview.”
“It’s unfair that he’s accusing me of discriminating when I think he is the one discriminating,” Silva told reporters.
Silva might be in luck though. University of Denver law professor, Nancy Leong says she thinks Silva is in the right here.
“This is not a situation where a business owner denied service to somebody,” Leong told reporters. “She offered to accommodate him to the extent that she could. In fact, requiring her to write that message would infringe upon her own free speech rights.”