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06/04/2013

Dogged discrimination: CO confectioner will bake for canines, not lesbians

by Jeremy Hooper

And now another experiment involving cakes, once again exposing the arbitrary and ultimately untenable attempt to target gays for discrimination:

Stephanie Schmalz and her partner, Jeanine, wanted to order some cupcakes to celebrate their commitment ceremony. They contacted Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, but the store refused to take their order, informing the couple that they have a strict policy against selling cakes for same-sex weddings and ceremonies.

Then Stephanie tried a little experiment. She called the bakery and told the owner, Jack Phillips, that she was planning to host a wedding celebration for two dogs. She told him that the dog wedding cake would need to feed 20 people and should be decorated with the names "Roscoe" and "Buffy." Without hesitation, Phillips quoted her a price and asked how soon she needed it.
FULL: A Wedding Cake For Fido & Fluffy But Not For Dave & Charlie? [ACLU]

Now don't get me wrong—I'm all for a good cake for a good dog. I've even been known to bake one myself:

Bosley's Cake
Bosley Hooper-Shulman's first birthday cake

But I'm also a big fan of lesbians. And basic fairness. And businesses that perform their normal operations without discriminatory religious tests.

These half-baked attempts cannot and will not stand.

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