Weddings are notoriously tough to plan. The lead-up is often so stressful, taxing and mildly traumatic that sometimes one can’t help but wonder if they're even worth the trouble.
Now, take the pressure and anxiety that comes standard with normal weddings, and multiply it times two to understand what Dave Mullins, 28, and Charlie Craig, 31, had to work with last week.
On July 19, Mullins and Craig stopped by Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. to pick out a cake for their looming wedding reception. The order wasn’t supposed to take long and it certainly wasn’t supposed to get as complicated as it ultimately got. In what they presumably thought was a simple request, the couple ordered a “rainbow-layered masterpiece decked out in teal and red frosting,” according to the Denver Westword.
Simple enough, right? Not so much.
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Jack Phillips, the owner of the bakery, patiently listened to their request and order specifications, and then promptly turned them away.
He doesn’t do gay weddings, apparently.
Needless to say, that put a slight damper on the festivities.
"It was the most awkward, surreal, very brief encounter," Mullins told the Westword. "We got up to leave, and to be totally honest, I said, 'F*** you and your homophobic cake shop.' And I may or may not have flipped him off."
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Naturally, when Mullins got home, he posted a recap of what transpired to Facebook. From there the news spread like wildfire to all sorts of pro-gay websites. Shortly after that, tales of similar treatment at the hands of Mr. Phillips and his bakery emerged.
The Westword tried to get the full story regarding what happened by seeking out a comment from the Masterpiece Cakeshop, but they were met with a frosty reception.
“We have nothing to say about that," and “"We don't want to talk about that, so you'll just have to make something up." a staff member told Westword.
Business owners should have the right to refuse service to whomever they wish to refuse service to. That’s the great thing about owning your business. But much in the same way that a business can have the right to refuse service at will, the general public has the right to publicly shame and embarrass that business in whatever manner they see fit. And all of the people who are for a business’ right to reject customers as they see fit, should also be for peoples’ rights to rail against businesses whose practices they disagree with.
The ability to express yourself works both ways like that.
Remember: freedom to do what you do is not the same thing as freedom to do what you do without having to hear other people’s opinions on it.
(Kudos Denver Westword)