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If I knew you were pagan I’d have baked a cake

Plastic figurines depicting a female couple and a male couple, displayed on a table, at the Gay marriage fair, in Paris, Saturday, April 27, 2013. A writer for the Willamette Week decided to see if the two bakeries might be willing to bake a cake for other biblically-challenged occasions. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

In Oregon, two bakers could be in trouble with the state for refusing to provide wedding cakes to gay couples. Both business owners cited their strong opposition not to gay people, but to gay marriage as the reason.

“In Oregon, if you have a business that is open to the public, you have to serve the public,” said Martin Cizmar, a writer for the Willamette Week.

Cizmar decided to see if the two bakeries might be willing to bake a cake for other biblically-challenged occasions, such as a Divorce Party, a Second-Baby-Out-Of-Wedlock Party, and a Pagan Solstice Party:

“The Pagan Solstice Party, I called on that one myself, actually. We said it was just a white cake, very simple decoration, just a big green pentagram,” said Cizmar.

And the response from the two bakers who had refused a cake to the gay couple?

“They said, ‘Well for 30 people, we have a couple options. We have two kinds of cakes you can have. But about the diagram you want on the cake, I’m not sure how much extra that would be.'”

They seemed perfectly willing to do it!

Does this demonstrate hypocrisy? Providing dessert for a Godless pagan ritual but not for a gay wedding?

“I’ll leave that to readers to decide,” said Cizmar.

I don’t know when a bakery is willing to put a pentagram on a pagan cake, or make a divorce cake, or a second-baby-out-of-wedlock cake – it sounds like a remarkable demonstration of tolerance to me. Just as long as your out-of-wedlock-pagan-divorce doesn’t involve a couple of gay people.

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