Christian bakery owners in Texas have said that they have been receiving threats against their business and family after they refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Edie and David Delorme, the owners of Kern’s Bake Shop in Longview, Texas, came under fire last week when it was reported they refused to bake a cake for the wedding of Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolejo because doing so would have conflicted with their deeply-held religious belief that same-sex marriage violates God’s definition of marriage.
According to Fox News’ Todd Starnes, the couple politely turned down their request to bake the cake and offered to give the gay couple a list of bakeries that would bake their cake for them.
“I was upfront with them,” Edie explained. “I said, ‘I’m sorry but we don’t provide wedding cakes for homosexual marriages.”
“We don’t do cakes that might conflict with our spiritual convictions,” she continued. “It was not something personal against the two young men. We just need to be able to run our business in a way that honors God.”
Longview News-Journal published an article a week after the rejection saying that the rejection made the couple feel “dehumanized”. After others wrote about the incident, the owners of the bakery started receiving threats over the internet.
Although no charges or lawsuit has been filed against the baking couple, they opted to attain the legal representation of the First Liberty Institute, formerly known as the Liberty Institute.
“They have, unfortunately, been receiving some threats,” First Liberty senior counsel Michael Berry, told the News-Journal on Friday. “At first, they appeared to be just kind of typical, nasty, distasteful messages that people were posting. But recently, there have been some physical threats, threats against their family and threats against their business.”
“At this day in age, when we’re trying to promote tolerance and acceptance of all viewpoints, what does that say about our view on individual freedom in this country when a family and their family-owned business is now receiving threats?” Berry asked. “I just think that says a lot about our perspective on individual freedom.”