So we have our very own homophobic cake maker. From Gay Express:
The Warkworth based cake maker Kath’s Devine Cakes says that she must “follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs” in refusing service to the couple.
A Warkworth cake maker has refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.
In a screenshot published on Facebook, Kath from Kath’s Devine Cakes tells the couple that she will not be making any wedding cakes for their impending nuptials saying that despite the fact that “our government has legalised same-sex marriages” it is “not my belief that this correct.”
In an email to the couple, Kath says that she does “not wish to offend either of you and I thank you for letting me know that it is a same-sex wedding. Even though as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs.”
Here is the email:
The case neatly crashes in time into the case involving Lauren Southern and her desire to visit New Zealand and talk to us about how all forms of language should be free, even monetised hate speech.
And it reinforces how “freedom” is used by elements of the right to justify their behaviour. Why shouldn’t a cake maker exercise their freedom to make cakes but be choosy about who they make them for? Can’t she make cakes for who she wants to? And why shouldn’t a fascist have the freedom to travel to New Zealand and use our civic buildings to broadcast her hate speech?
And what about her freedom to practice her religion? As pointed out by lawyer Steve Cullen section 15 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act may provide her with some protection. A similar case in the United States was decided in favour of the cake maker on the grounds that religious and philosophical objections to gay marriage are protected views and may be in certain circumstances protected forms of expression.
So something slightly different. I am not going to express an opinion. Well no more than I have already. But I invite you to say if the cake maker is in the right or in the wrong.
But a request to you all. Keep your comments civil. Rely on principle. Argue your point and listen to and acknowledge the views of others.
Ready set …