A Colorado baker under investigation
for refusing to write an anti-gay message on a cake reached a funding
goal to cover legal expenses in one day.
Marjorie Silva, owner of Denver's
Azucar Bakery, said that she agreed to sell a Bible-shaped cake to a
man last year, but backed out when he asked for the cake to include
hateful words about gays and an X over two grooms holding hands.
Silva said that the customer would not
agree to her suggestion that he write the message on the cake
Fox31 Denver identified the man as Bill
Jack, a Christian educator who lives in Castle Rock. Jack filed a
complaint with the state claiming that was the victim of
“I believe I was discriminated
against by the bakery based on my creed,” Jack said in a statement
supplied to Fox31
Silva turned to the crowd funding site
for help in raising $5,000 to cover legal expenses.
“At the moment I never thought this
story would get so big, just that I was doing the right thing,”
Silva explained in her funding pitch. “For better or for worse the
story has blown up and in order not to stick my foot in my mouth and
say something that would get me in trouble, I have decided to seek
As of Saturday morning, 175 people have
pledged $7,455, nearly $2,500 more than Silva had requested.