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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11 2013 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT


jrp7sen: Business have the right to refuse service to anyone. They do it all the time


You forget. By obtaining a business license, this bakery agreed to abide by all regulations, including regulations concerning discrimination, that had been or were in the future enacted. hen they obtained the business license, there was a regulation providing that discrimination based on sexual orientation as illegal. By obtaining their business license, they agreed that they would not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Part of their business was to bake and provide wedding cakes. Since they provided cakes for receptions for "straight" marriages, they legally could not discriminate by refusing to provide cakes for receptions for "gay" marriages. That is de facto discrimination based on sexual orientation, and consequently illegal.

It should be noted that their so-called "religion-based" refusal to provide cases to celebrate gay marriages was hypocritical. They were also contacted to provide cakes to celebrate a multitude of events which would violate their religion. All of THOSE requests were responded to positively, with price quotes. All of those events were gross violations of their religion, but they would provide cakes for THEM.

kaysvile, UT

I applaud this couple and hope them the best for standing for what they feel is right!

Provo, UT

I see signs in business' all the time that say they reserve the right to refuse service for anything The don't need a reason.

Logan, UT

this really doesn't make gays look good at all.

Clovis, NM

Accountants, attorneys, etal have the right to refuse to take on a client that doesn't meet their expectations. Why should any other business be any different. Just like the photographer incident in NM, why would anyone want a person with adverse feelings about their views playing a big part in the most important day of his/her life? The results might be less than optimal and bitter feelings do not spread good vibes. This couple should just choose somebody who is more in line with their views. No doubt, there are other bakeries in the area.

The gay community does harm to their cause by using strong armed tactics. Sure they can put one bakery out of business. But alas, they have also made a lot of people angry. If they want their views to be respected, then they need to show respect for the views of people who feel differently. Tolerance and compassion need to go both directions.

Freeland, WA

I disagree with this article. There was no attack. The husband of the shop insulted and degraded the couple wanting the cake. What he did was not in compliance of having a business license in Washington. They shut down their shop because their bigotry hurt their business. The couple ended up having a beautiful cake made by a famous baker from the east coast and they had a second cake of a beautiful peacock. Their wedding was a success and they are very happy.

Snowflake, AZ

It's ashamed that the bakery chose to close its doors rather than reach out to customers with an apology for its mistake. While businesses may be able to legally deny service to certain customers, it isn't always a good business decision. In my opinion, the bakery was rightfully held accountable to the community for its discrimination against gays. While I don't condone the mean-spirited behavior cited in the article, I think the bakery must accept the closure as the consequence of its inability to meet the demands of the market in which it operated. Perhaps they should consider a move to Uganda, where they impose the death penalty for homosexuality.

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