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Iowa Baker Denies Wedding Cake To Lesbian Couple

First Posted: 11/14/11 12:48 PM ET   Updated: 11/15/11 08:40 AM ET

An Iowa lesbian couple might have hoped to find a wedding cake that was both delicate and sweet, but they say their experience with a Des Moines-based baker left behind a sour taste.

As KCCI-TV is reporting, the owner of Victoria's Cake Cottage refused to bake a cake for Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers, who are planning a June wedding, because she is Christian.

Victoria Childress, who runs her bakery from home, says it's her right as a business owner to turn away customers."I said, 'I'll tell you I'm a Christian, and I do have convictions.' And I said, 'I'm sorry to tell you, but I'm not going to be able to do your cake," Childress, who met the couple during a taste-testing appointment, said. "I didn't do the cake because of my convictions for their lifestyle. 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."

Though Childress said no condescending remarks were made, the couple says they were nonetheless left feeling humiliated by the experience. "It was degrading," Vodraska said. It was like she chastised us for wanting to do business with her."

Other area bakers, several of them who identified themselves as Christian, have since come to the couple's defense. "It is a business. It's about the people. It's about making the people happy too," Amanda Laurich, owner of Three Chicks Bakery, told KCCI.com.

Watch the news report, including an interview with Childress, here.

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