Iowa Christian Wedding Cake Baker Refuses Service to Lesbian Couple
Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers are going to the chapel, and they’re gonna get married. And since the lesbian couple lives in Iowa, their marriage will very much be recognized as a full, legal marriage, thankyouverymuch.
Which is why wedding dress shops, florists, and wedding cake bakers are required by state law to treat the couple just as they would any other couple. Except that’s not what happened when the women attended a tasting session at homophobic Victoria Childress’ cake shop.
“I didn’t do the cake because of my convictions for their lifestyle. It is my right as a business owner. It is my right, and it’s not to discriminate against them. It’s not so much to do with them, it’s to do with me and my walk with God and what I will answer (to) him for,” Childress said.
Except that it’s not her right, and yes, it is to discriminate against them. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Iowa in 2009. Full-on (Well, as full as state law rather than federal law can be) marriage – not civil unions, not domestic partnerships. MARRIAGE. Refusing to serve a couple whose marriage will be recognized as 100% equal under the eyes of Iowa to any heterosexual couple’s is the very definition of discrimination.
One’s faith, in this case a very loose interpretation of Christianity (Who would Jesus refuse service to?) does not somehow nullify one’s illegal business practices, just as being an alcoholic does not somehow manifest a get out of jail free card after being arrested for a DUI. To even suggest otherwise in Iowa is idiotic.
Business owners do have the right to refuse service, but NOT because of sexual orientation.The 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act makes discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity illegal. Not frowned upon, not a controversial issue – ILLEGAL. Childress has committed a crime, and should be prosecuted under the law.
You can watch Childress accidentally implicate herself in the crime by babbling on about her supposed rights to a local news station HERE.