April Anderson and wife Michelle, owners of Good Cakes and Bakes bakery in Detroit, were shocked to find that they were victims of reverse discrimination of sorts.
According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Anderson received an order for a red velvet cake on July 16th; however, the order included an alarming message request for the baker.
“I am ordering this cake to celebrate and have PRIDE in true Christian marriage,” the customer requested, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I’d like you to write on the cake, in icing, ‘Homosexual acts are gravely evil. (Catholic Catechism 2357)'”
After discussing the incident with friends, Anderson discovered that the order came from David Gordon, a staff member at anti-LGBTQ+ group Church Militant; however, the company insists he was acting independently.
Concerned a refusal of order could turn into a legal problem, Anderson ultimately baked the requested cake. Fortunately, the bakery policy has always been to not allow custom messages on online orders, so she did not have to waste delicious frosting on such a hateful message. Anderson alerted Gordon that his cake would be ready that Saturday.
“I think he was shocked,” notes Anderson. “He was probably anticipating us saying no.”
However, after Gordon failed to show up to claim his cake, Anderson threw it away that Thursday. Gordon decided to call on Thursday to ask about his cake, which Anderson told him had been trashed and would have to be reordered if he wanted it.
Anderson and her wife had also written a letter they had hoped to give to Gordon when he came to pick up the sweet treat, though that was ultimately scrapped as well.
“We feel the only ‘grave evil’ is the judgement that good Christians, like yourself, impose on folks that don’t meet their vision of what God wants them to be,” the pair write.
The incident is still unfolding, as Gordon appears to still be called “discrimination.” In a tweet posted on August 7th, he posted: ”
“Good Cakes and Bakes is discriminating against me for requesting a cake virtually quoting the Catechism of the Catholic Church sec. 2357. No more anti-Catholic discrimination. See you in court.”
Anderson has a very solid legal case to how she chose to handle the entire event, though, and most likely won’t have to be involved in legal action.