PA Bakery Owner Refuses To Make Cake For Same-Sex Couple
Jennifer and Bethany Petrich dreamed of a cake from popular Schuykill Haven, Pennsylvania bakery Cake Pros. to celebrate the renewal of their vows. Lorraine Fleming wasn't so excited, however, and decided to refuse to serve the couple after "talking to Jesus."
Growing up in Schuylkill Haven, Jennifer and Bethany Petrich, said they were very familiar with the Cake Pros bakery. That's why when the two were planning a ceremony to renew their vows the bakery seemed like an obvious choice to supply the cake.
"My mom, who is planning our wedding, called and made the appointment for us," Jennifer said. "It was okay at that time and and she was open and honest and said it's for Bethany and Jennifer."
A call to Jennifer's mom, while Jennifer was in the hospital, changed their plans.
"They had called and said to her they were a christian bakery and the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks," Jennifer said. "And that because it was two females getting married she couldn't bake our cake."
The Petrich's told Eyewitness News they were confused and frustrated.
"We asked her to make us a wedding cake and not marry us," Jennifer said. "I didn't understand."
"It's just very disappointing that there's still discrimination out there and it was just a cake," Bethany said.
"I'm sorry for the damage that has been done as far as hurt feelings," Fleming, who claims to have gay people in her family, said.
"I'm not sorry for my decision and I feel strong," she added. "I know that I'm doing the right thing."
As Joe Jervis points out, Pennsylvania "is one of 29 states without statewide public accommodation protections for LGBT citizens." In other words, Cake Pros.' decision to discriminate against the couple is completely legal in PA.