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08/14/2014

Video: PA baker joins the 'no heterosexuality, no service' club

by Jeremy Hooper

The marriage fight continues to be fought with fondant:

This one really highlights the untenability of the "just go somewhere else" advice that the other side loves to use in order to "justify" their behavior. This is a very small town and these two young women grew up with this bakery in their lives. There may not even be many, if any, other bakeries close by. Even if there are, this might be the one bakery that these women have spent a lifetime tasting and loving and knowing as the taste they want for their eventual wedding. It's a specific experience—one that may not be easily emulated at just any other bakery.

But because they are lesbians, they are not free to purchase an item that their hometown baker purports to sell to the public at large. This one, very specific, possibly beloved item is unavailable to them, simply because of their sexual orientations. If both found a man and pretended he was a fiancé, the bakery would sell them each the same cake they seek. But because of who they are, as women in love with one another, the bakery tells them their money is no good here. The cake of their childhood memories is not a possibility for their grown-up celebration.

It's not always so easy to just "go somewhere else." And it's never right to have to do so on the basis of who you are as a human being.

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