Childress said it's her right to refuse to do the cake. "I didn't do the cake because of my convictions for their lifestyle. It is my right as a business owner. It is my right, and it's not to discriminate against them. It's not so much to do with them, it's to do with me and my walk with God and what I will answer (to) him for," Childress said...Looking at Childress' website, there is no mention of religious litmus tests for customers. I am also willing to bet that she has never turned away other wedding parties who practiced different religions (or no religion)... assuming that those wedding parties are heterosexual. I also strongly believe that Childress is splitting hairs when she asserts her right as a business owner to discriminate against certain customers, but that she's not really discriminating against those customers. I mean, if you're going to stand on your soap-box, then stand proudly on your soap-box.
"They thanked me for being honest with them, and they were very pleasant. I did not belittle them, speak rudely to them. There were no condescending remarks made, nothing," Childress said.
really great bakers and cake companies out there who would love to support their wedding. Now they have the opportunity to find one of those great gay-friendly cake-bakers.
The marketplace goes both way. Business owners, in most cases, do indeed have the ability to decide whether or not they want to work with someone. But customers also maintain the right to shop around and financially support businesses the reflect their own values and interests. These lesbians really dodged a bullet. They could've gotten stuck with a potentially-problematic cake-maker. Instead, they have the opportunity to find a really spectacular cake-maker.