Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has
weighed in on a baker's refusal to sell gay cupcakes.
The co-owner of Just Cookies, which is
located inside the publicly-owned City Market, refused an order for
gay cupcakes from Indiana University-Purdue University at
Indianapolis (IUPUI) students last week.
The students were first told they could
not order cupcakes for an October 11 National Coming Out Day event
because the bakery only sells cookies, but when students asked for
rainbow-frosted cookies, they were told to go elsewhere.
“I explained we're a family-run
business, we have two young, impressionable daughters and we thought
maybe it was best not do that,” David Stockton, co-owner of the
bakery, told a reporter.
Stockton then likened colorful cupcakes
to something obscene.
“We have our values, and you know,
some things … for instance, if someone wants a cookie with an
obscenity, well, we're not going to sell that,” he said.
A spokesman for Mayor Ballard said the
city was looking into the matter, the Indianapolis Star
“The mayor was certainly dismayed and
wants to make it clear that a person's values, morality and personal
beliefs are absolutely not relevant to making a purchase at the City
Market,” the spokesman said.
The students have placed their order
with another bakery.