Victoria Childress, the owner of Victoria’s Cake Cottage has been accused of being homophobic after she refused to make a cake for Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers.
Childress said she would not be able to make the couple a cake because she was Christian, and that it was her right not to create the cake.
She said: “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.”
Trina Vodraska told KCCI television station: “It was degrading. It was like she chastised us for wanting to do business with her. I know Jesus loves me. I didn’t need her to tell me that. I didn’t go there for that. I just wanted to go there for a cake.”
The Iowa Civil Rights Act includes protections for sexual orientation, though the couple have not said if they will file a Civil Rights complaint against Childress.
State law only allows for exemptions from discrimination laws to a religious institution.