Target: Barbara Kelley, Executive Director at Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Goal: Drop the complaint filed against bakery that refused to write anti-gay hate speech on a cake.
Bakery owner Marjorie Silva alleges customer Bill Jack wanted her to write “God Hates Gays” on a cake with an image of two men holding hands with a red “X” above them, Metro reported. Jack claims it was religious discrimination and filed a complaint against the bakery. Silva said, “We never refuse service. We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings.” Jack has now filed a discrimination complaint to be investigated by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
However, Silva didn’t outright refuse service to Jack. She agreed to bake the cake and then give him the icing and tools necessary so that he could inscribe the hate message on the cake himself. Jack has even gone so far as to now claim his original intent in purchasing the cakes was to stir trouble and draw parallels between the recent Colorado case where a bakery was not allowed to refuse service to a same-sex couple looking to purchase a cake for their wedding.
If this unjust complaint is validated, it will be sent to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and could mean trouble for Azucar Bakery. When it comes down to it, the bakery didn’t refuse service, it simply stood up for what is right in refusing to spread hate against same-sex couples through its bakery services. No one should be forced into making products with malevolent messages, especially with a case like this during a time when same-sex couples are fighting for basic human rights.
By signing the petition below, you’ll help to support this bakery for standing up for same-sex couples and refusing to spread hate by demanding the complaint against it is dropped.
Dear Barbara Kelley,
Bill Jack claims he was discriminated against because of his religion and filed a complaint against a bakery that refused to write anti-gay hate speech on his cake order. Azucar Bakery owner Marjorie Silva said Jack wanted her to write “God Hates Gays” on a cake with an image of two men holding hands with a red “X” above them. Silva agreed to make the cake, but refused to write this hate-filled discriminatory message on the cake.
Silva was right in taking a stand against hate and shouldn’t be forced into making products with abhorrent messages. This is an important case during this vital time when same-sex couples are fighting for basic human rights.
I urge you to drop the complaint filed against Azucar Bakery for refusing to write anti-gay hate speech on a cake for a customer, especially when it did not discriminate against Jack or refuse to provide service.
[Your Name Here]
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