When a lesbian in Washington, D.C. ordered an anniversary cake recently, what she got in return left her speechless.
The woman named Sarah told The Advocate that she asked for a custom carrot cake that read “Happy Anniversary Lindsey! Love, Sarah.” She picked the design from the bakery’s catalogue, but insisted they leave off the balloons on the top of the cake.
When Sarah picked up the cake on Friday, she found a chocolate cake with balloons iced on top and an eerily scrawled message that read, “Lesbian Anniv. No Ballons [sic].”
"How could anyone mistake that for something a person would want on a cake? And what baker would sell something so messy and unprofessional?” she asked.
She complained to the bakery’s manager, but couldn’t manage to exact an explanation for the homophobic message. The manager apologized for the sloppy, inaccurate message, but not it’s offensiveness.
“When it occurred to me that this was probably an intentional insult to my relationship, I was appalled at the audacity of the cake decorator or baker or whoever was responsible,” she said. “It's disappointing to know that when I want to honor the most important person in my life, I have to worry about some intolerant person ruining the surprise I had planned."
Sarah accepted a refund, but refused the baker's offer to make her another cake. She said she'd take this one home and share it with her partner on their anniversary night.
In D.C. there are comprehensive anti-discrimination laws that prohibit treatment like Sarah experienced. Virginia has no such laws.
Two lesbian couples in Virginia filed a class action suit against the state over its same-sex marriage ban in October. A poll from Virginia's Christopher Newport University released the same month showed 56 percent of voters were against the ban, with only 36 percent in favor.