By Tony Perkins
At Pennsylvania’s Cake Pros shop, they’re pros at more than baking. Lorraine Fleming knew the day might come when she’d have to stand up for her beliefs on marriage. And this month, it did. Like the bridal shop just a few hours down the road, Cake Pros was the target of an underground movement to expose and torment businesses with a moral view on marriage.
A lesbian couple put Lorraine’s shop in the crosshairs, openly asking for a cake for their same-sex ceremony. Lorraine prayed about it for days but finally came to the conclusion that she couldn’t, in good conscience, accept the order. One of the young women said she got a call from the shop to explain “that they were a Christian bakery, and the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks. And because it was two females getting married, she couldn’t bake our cake.”
The brides, Jennifer and Bethany, took to Facebook to vent, publicly ripping the shop. Now, Lorraine says, her employees can’t walk outside without being harassed. Still, she insists, “I’m sorry for the damage that has been done as far as hurt feelings. (But) I’m not sorry for my decision, and I feel strong. I know that I’m doing the right thing.”
Good for her! Like W.W. Bridal Boutique, Masterpiece Cakes, and Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Lorraine knows that the only way to stop bullies is standing up to them. In the Left’s mind, surrendering your beliefs is just the price of doing business. But as far as most Americans are concerned, it’s a price no business should have to pay. When asked, more than 80% said wedding vendors should be able to turn down same-sex “wedding” requests. In the meantime, thank goodness for Christians like Lorraine. She may bake cakes, but she’s not about to sugar-coat her convictions!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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