A LGBT pride flag adorns the window of Enchanting Creations, a small bakery located in Miami Shores, Florida, but they say that they will gladly bake an anti-gay hate-cake for a homophobic bigot, if someone wants one.
Why will the business allow bigots to buy hate-cakes from them? In a section on the company’s web site titled “Hate Cakes, Human Rights, And Where We Stand,” Enchanting Creations explains that they have recently received a number of inquiries from people asking if they will make anti-gay cakes:
“Unfortunately, we haven’t been the only targets; the idea of “setting a trap” for small bakeries to catch them in the act of discrimination has become increasingly more common, and we feel it’s time to clarify our stance on this issue.
The fact of the matter is that we are an American business. As such, it is our responsibility to uphold the law and to refrain from discriminating against our customers, no matter how hurtful or personally offensive we might find their particular beliefs.
We believe that no one should ever be refused service – opposing discrimination by practicing it is not the answer. The only way to uphold our integrity as a company, and to maintain any hope of an eventual triumph over bigotry and discrimination is to act in accordance with this belief. We will not discriminate against potential customers, not even against those whose beliefs directly contradict our own – if the request is protected by the First Amendment we will honor it. This issue isn’t about approval; it’s about respect.
While “Christian” bigots certainly have the right to practice their hatred, the bakery points out that they also have certain freedoms — like the freedom to use the profits for the benefit of the LGBT community.
“That said, so far these inquiries have amounted to nothing more than trolling; we have yet to receive a serious order,” the bakery said. “However, should the day come when an actual order is placed and paid for, we will not profit from discrimination.”
Enchanting Creations came up with an interesting use for any money they might make from right-wing hatred:
Today we pledge that any profits we generate from the sale of a cake intended to discriminate against same-sex couples will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign, an organization who continues to fight for LGBT Equality.
We are extremely honored to be featured as an LGBT-Friendly vendor on both EnGAYgedWeddings.com and GayWeddings.com, and we will continue to proudly serve South Florida’s gay community. We sincerely hope that others will join us in finding ways to derive something positive from this ongoing negativity, because in the end we truly do believe that love conquers hate.
Recently, conservatives have been equating the argument that LGBT couples should not be refused service based on biological features like sexual orientation to a number of ridiculous things: Jewish people baking for Nazis, African-Americans making cakes for the Ku Klux Klan, and (of course) LGBT bakers being forced to print discriminatory messages on cakes.
To elucidate the latter point, conservatives have been barraging bakeries with requests for anti-gay cakes — and even threatening those who do not consider bigotry to be part of their business model.
Recently, a Colorado baker was cleared of discrimination allegations after she refused a similar service to a local pastor who requested two Bible-shaped cakes — both featuring an image of two groomsmen holding hands with a red “x” through them.
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