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Christian Troll Threatens To Sue Lesbian Baker Even Though She Actually Made His Anti-Gay Cake

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April Anderson, a baker from Detroit, Michigan was asked to make an anti-LGBTQ cake by a conservative Christian troll hoping to sue Anderson’s bakery for “Christian discrimination.”

Anderson and her wife Michelle own Good Cakes and Bakes bakery. They received a call from a customer who wanted them to make a cake that said:

“Homosexual acts are gravely evil”

Thinking she would refuse, the customer was taken by surprise when Anderson made the cake.

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After some investigation, Anderson was able to uncover that the perpetrator was David Gordon, a member of a group called Church Militant.

Against her better judgement, Anderson made the cake, only to have Gordon refuse to pick it up for five days, at which point the bakery was forced to throw it away.

Gordon tweeted the false narrative he created.

Immediately, people called his bluff.

Gordon told the Detroit Free Press:

“I was denied the services I requested at a place of public accommodation on the basis of the content of my beliefs—this is gleefully acknowledged by the owners of the bakery in the relevant Pridesource article.”

But Anderson baked the cake anyway, albeit without the message, as per their clearly stated company policy. When Gordon called to inquire after the cake, they said it would be ready by 3:30 pm Saturday.

Anderson said:

“I think he was shocked. He was probably anticipating us saying no.”

Others proved they could also quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church, highlighting areas Gordon missed.

After five days—an extended kindness since company policy is unclaimed cakes are discarded after 48 hours—the cake was disposed of.

It was then Gordon decided to make claims about discrimination and threatened to sue. However Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the LGBTQ Project-ACLU of Michigan, said Anderson did nothing outside the law.

“She wasn’t turning the customer away…We provide cakes, but we are not going to put that kind of message on the cake. Especially if it’s offensive.”

Most bakeries and other businesses have policies against printing offensive messages or hate speech on their products. Customers have access to such policies when placing orders.

Anderson like other business owners reserves the right to refuse to add anything to the cakes she bakes. She has denied requests for vulgar messages before.

She says this was the first time she’d received a request for a homophobic message.

“We would have refused to write that message. It’s not about… being homophobic.”

“We don’t write mean, hateful messages on cakes. That’s not what we are about.”

It is unclear if the case will proceed to court at all, but Anderson isn’t letting the incident get her down or force her into the closet.

“We’re not gonna change who we are. We made it very clear when we opened.”

“Some [LGBTQ] people are like, ‘Oh, we’re just not gonna tell people, we want to keep stuff separate’.”

“You can’t compartmentalize your life. We’re very, very proud, open.”

Live out, live proud, live loud.

Mike Walsh

Written by Mike Walsh

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