The owner of a popular Pennsylvania bakery is feeling the heat after reportedly rejecting a lesbian couple's request for a cake.
Bethany and Jennifer Petrich had hoped to order a cake for a forthcoming ceremony to renew their vows from The Cake Pros, a bakery in Schuylkill Haven, but were turned away by owner Lorraine Fleming, WFMZ is reporting.
Fleming told the news station that she was "sorry for the damage that's been done as far as hurt feelings," but noted, "I'm not sorry for my decision and I feel strong. I know that I'm doing the right thing."
In an interview with Pennsylvania's Eyewitness News, she added, "We have homosexuality in our family and it was a hard decision to make, but in the end when I die and I'm one on one with God, I have to stand true to him."
The news comes just days after W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania turned away a lesbian couple who hoped to buy wedding gowns.
Victoria Miller, the bridal salon's owner, said that providing the women dresses "for a sanctified marriage would break God's law," according to the Associated Press.
A number of wedding vendors and business owners have made national headlines in recent months after turning away same-sex couples, usually citing religious grounds.
Among them was Jack Phillips, owner of Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop, vowed to stop making wedding cakes entirely after a court ruled that he'd discriminated against a pair of gay grooms-to-be when he refused to sell them a cake.
Last month, Oregon's Sweet Cakes by Melissa posted a series of photos showing desserts the company prepared for Restored Hope, a group which has advocated for reparative, or "ex-gay," therapy. That bakery was at the epicenter of a media firestorm in 2013, when co-owner Aaron Klein argued that he and his wife, Melissa, were simply living in accordance with their religious beliefs when they rejected a lesbian couple's request for a wedding cake.
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