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Texas Bakery Under Fire for Turning Away Gay Couple

02-26-2016

A small town bakery in Texas is under fire for declining to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Fox News reports that Edie and David Delorme, who own Kern's Bake Shop, turned Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolego away after they requested that the bakers make a cake for their upcoming ceremony.

The Delormes are devout Christians that run their bakery according to their religious beliefs and they said they could not bake the cake because of their spiritual convictions.

"I was up front with them," Edie told Fox News. "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 said. "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."

She did offer to provide Valencia and Marmolego a list of bakeries that would meet their needs, but she said the men walked out of the store.

The couple instead went public and accused the Delormes of discrimination. 

Now the family faces daily threats from the community.

"When they start to receive threats towards their family and their business simply because of their religious convictions — there's something wrong with that picture," said Michael Berry, an attorney for First Liberty, who will now be representing the family.

The Delormes have a long standing policy of turning away any business that conflicts with their beliefs, including not baking cakes that have tobacco, alcohol or risque-related themes.

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