SCHUYKILL HAVEN, Pa. — A bakery in Schuylkill County, Pa., is the latest Pennsylvania business to deny service to a same-sex couple after the owner “talked to Jesus for two weeks.”
Jennifer and Bethany Petrich tells WBRE-TV they wanted a cake for a ceremony to renew their vows.
They said had an appointment with Cake Pros in Schuylkill Haven to taste some of the cakes, but were devastated when they got a call they weren’t going to be given service.
Jennifer Petrich said the bakery called her mother, who was planning the wedding, and informed her “they were a christian bakery and the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks, and that because it was two females getting married she couldn’t bake our cake.”
“We asked her to make us a wedding cake and not marry us,” Jennifer Petrich said. “I didn’t understand.”
“It’s just very disappointing that there’s still discrimination out there and it was just a cake,” added Bethany Petrich.
Cake Pros owner Lorraine Fleming says it was a tough decision since she has gay people in her family, but it was a religious choice and she stands by her decision.
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Although same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, there are no state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Last week, W.W. Bridal, Bloomsburg, Pa. refused to sell wedding gowns to a same-sex couple because the business owner said their marriage “would break God’s law.”
And last month, a wedding facility in North Abington Township, Pa., also came under fire for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to marry at its facility.
Schuylkill County, Pa., court clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney has sought repeatedly to intervene and appeal a federal judge’s May 20 ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.