Anti-gay activist Ted Shoebat asked 13
bakeries to bake him a cake with the message “gay marriage is
Shoebat called bakeries known for their
support of LGBT rights and told each he needed a cake for an upcoming
“pro-traditional marriage celebration.” When the bakeries
refused – actually, one agreed and two said that they would sell
him a cake but that he would have to add his own message – he
immediate accused them of intolerance. He recorded the exchanges and
posted the results on YouTube.
Shoebat managed to draw only one baker
into a heated exchange: Hot Cookie, located in the heart of San
Francisco's Castro district.
“Okay, we don't even make cake, we
only make cookies, and we're also a gay cookie shop,” the woman who
answered the phone said.
“Okay, would you make cookies that
say, gay marriage is wrong?”
“Oh, so you guys aren't for equality,
then,” Shoebat said.
“I just feel like that's hateful and
we're not about that. … I'm a married lesbian, so for me to say
that homosexuality is wrong. Almost everybody here is married or in
a serious gay relationship. The fact that you guys are trying to not
let us get married is bullshit. … Did you choose to be straight?”
“No, because it's natural,” he
“It's not a cake, it's a cookie. Do
you want me to make you a cookie?” she asked.
“Well, would you make a cookie that
says, gay marriage is wrong?” he asked.
“I mean, if you want to be ignorant
and a bigot, then sure, I'll make it for you. I'll put a big dick on
“Oh, my goodness, that's disgusting,”
Shoebat cried out before moving on to the next call.
Shoebat equated the denials to
Christian bakers who refuse to serve gay couples. However, most
bakeries sell wedding cakes as part of their business, but most
bakeries do not sell “gay marriage is wrong” cakes.
“In conclusion, here is our point. A
Christian making a homosexual cake goes against his faith and a
homosexual putting 'gay marriage is wrong' goes against his faith as
well. Now of course we honor their right to say no, but what about
honoring the Christian right to say no?” he
wrote in a blog post.