Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

I came across this video on one my news feeds today, and thought it was worth a shout-out. It seems that an engaged same sex couple went to a bakery to order their cake. When the shop owner learned that the happy couple actually was the two women sitting across from her, she politely informed them that she did not want their business. Their “lifestyle, she said, was against her “convictions.”
According to the shop owner, she had every right to turn the couple away. They, in turn, were dismayed and embarrassed.
I’m sure that they were able to find someone else to make their cake—after all, many planners as well as other vendors are now specializing in same sex weddings.
But it begs the question: Was it wrong to turn the couple away? What do you think? Have you ever turned business down because of your personal beliefs? Tell us about it…


  1. Behavior like this hearkens back to the 50's and 60's when it was acceptable to post signs stating "Whites only," and it's shameful. Besides, how often - each week - do we spend & patronize business who unknowingly donate portions of their profits to causes we might not agree with? It's time for many, many Americans to grow up and act like professionals in the workplace.

  2. How unfortunate for this couple that they had to endure this. AS the other person commented you never know who your buying from or selling to for that matter all the time and what their beliefs are. I have personally never turned away business due to any circumstances such as these. If someone is willing to pay for my services as a caterer then thats all that matters.

  3. Enlightened thinking, to be sure, on both your parts. On another tack, are you making direct efforts to market to this industry segment? How big do you think it's going to become? How much business do you think this represents for you? Finally, how many years do you think it will take to actually achieve some equal level of status?