The owner of a Colorado bakery has been accused of violating the civil rights of a gay couple after he refused to bake their wedding cake — and now gay rights advocates are calling for a boycott.
Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colo., said he has received more than 1,000 angry messages — critics upset because he would not compromise his personal beliefs and bake a cake for Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig.
The couple, set to be married in Massachusetts in September, told television station KDVR they wanted a rainbow-layered cake with teal and red frosting.
They said the owner immediately informed the men that he does not create cakes for gay weddings.
“It was the most awkward, surreal, very brief encounter,” Mullins, 28, told Denver Westward. “We got up to leave, and to be totally honest, I said, ‘F**k you and your homophobic cake shop.’ And I may or may not have flipped him off.”
But Phillips defended his decision in an interview with television station KCNC in Denver.
“If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever,” Phillips told the television station. “It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle.”
“We need to send a message to them that in this day and age, bigotry cannot and will not be tolerated,” the petition organizer wrote online. “I’m not sure how the cakes taste, but I know how bigotry and hate tastes and it is disgusting.”
The controversy comes amid national outrage after the president of Chick-fil-A announced that he was “guilty as charged” when it comes to support traditional marriage.