Kern's Bakery in Longview, Texas, recently refused to make a wedding cake for Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolejo, a same-sex couple (video below).
"It just kind of makes you feel dehumanized," Valencia told the Longview News-Journal. "People shouldn't have to worry about going into a business, especially a public business that serves the public, and have to worry about being turned away for something, for who you are."
Edie Delorme, co-owner of Kern's Bakery, told the newspaper: "And so I asked who it was for, and they told me it was for the two of them. And I just told them that we didn't provide wedding cakes for homosexual marriages, but that I could give them a list of bakeries that might be able to meet their needs."
Delorme said her Christian beliefs are why she turned down the gay couple, and why she and her husband have turned down others as well.
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"We don't do alcohol-related cakes or risque [cakes]," Delorme stated. "We've turned down cake for, like, 'Can you make a giant Skoal can?' ... It's not that we single out one [reason]."
Delorme said that she and her husband would also have problems making cakes for second marriages based on Jesus' teachings regarding divorce.
"We've talked about that," she said. "We would really have to do a lot of prying to find out. That's something David and I would have to talk about, whether that would be something that we should participate in or not."
There are no laws in Texas that ban this type of discrimination.
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After Valencia wrote about the incident on his Facebook page, Tee Allen, owner of Mama Tee’s Cakes and Catering in White Oak, offered to make “the best cake I’ve ever made,” notes the Kilgore News Herald.
“I don’t care if you’re pink, purple, polka-dotted, gay or straight, if you want me to make you a cake, I’m going to make you a cake,” Allen said.