Denver bakery accused of discrimination for refusing to make anti-gay cake

DENVER - A Denver bakery owner said she is facing a complaint of religious discrimination because she refused to write an anti-gay message on a cake.
"This is mainly a happy job. Happy birthday, Happy Anniversary, Merry Christmas," said Marjorie Silva as she iced a cake in her award-winning Peruvian Bakery. "It's filled with dulce de leche and love."

But last March, a man came in to Azucar, 1186 S. Broadway, asking for a Bible cake with a message he had written down on paper.

"I was shocked; I was like, 'Oh my God. What am I supposed to do?'" said Silva. "It was words like 'detestable', 'sinners.' He wanted me to draw two guys holding hands with an X on top, so it was a very hateful message against the gay community. "

Last year, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that another bakery, Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood could not refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, calling it discriminatory.

Now, some anti-gay activists claiming to be exposing hypocrisy are ordering "Gay Marriage Is Wrong" cakes from gay-friendly bakeries.

"I was sick and tired of Christian businesses being attacked by homosexual groups," said Theodore Shoebat, a self-described 'militant Christian' who called 13 businesses ordering cakes last year.

He doesn't know who made the request at Azucar, but said he is encouraging others to do the same.

"But I wouldn't write an anti-Christian message, either," said Silva.

Silva said she eventually agreed to make the Bible cake, but not to write the anti-gay message.

"I offered to give him the pastry tools to do it himself," said Silva, but the man did not agree.

"If he wants to hate people, he can hate them not here in my bakery," she said.

She said the State Department of Regulatory Agencies notified her last year that a discrimination complaint has been filed, and the agency will hear the case in March.

Those complaints are not open records, so we have not been able to contact the man who filed it, yet, to hear his side of the story.

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