Another day, another baker refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
This time, the baker is Susie Dennison of Susie’s Sweets bakery in Burns, Tennessee.
Brandi Ray shared in a Facebook post that she met with Dennison to arrange for a wedding cake for her upcoming nuptials.
Apparently the chat was very pleasant, but Ray received a note from Dennison via Facebook afterwards saying she would not be able to make the cake because ‘Jesus.’
Dennison’s message read:
“I really enjoyed our time together and I truly wish you the best but after realizing that your union will be of the same sex, I cannot with my spiritual conviction and beliefs, do your cake! I want you to know in saying that, I do love you in The Lord! Had I known before you left, I would have said something then!”
How nice that Dennison would add "I do love you in The Lord" as she denies Ray her wedding cake. (sarcasm)
“I’m sorry you feel that way,” Ray responded. “Have a good night.”
Dennison claims in her note that she didn’t know it was to be a same-sex wedding, but Ray posted a photo of the invoice Dennison hand-wrote which clearly shows both brides’ names.
She also shared on her Facebook post that she mentioned her fiancée’s name, Michele Schmidt, “like 10,000 times” when she and Dennison met at the consultation.
According to the bakery’s website, Dennison says she “can bake any type of sweet treat you need for any occasion.”
Well, clearly not “any” occasion. Nowhere on the website does Dennison say she doesn’t make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.
We’ve seen cases like this before, most notably in Colorado where anti-LGBTQ baker Jack Phillips, of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to bake a cake for a gay couple for their wedding celebration.
Phillips took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where he won a narrow victory when the high court ruled the Colorado civil rights commission had appeared to view his case with anti-religious bias.
Unlike Colorado, the state of Tennessee has no legal protections for LGBTQ citizens.
Ray hasn’t indicated if she plans any kind of legal action.