01/20/2015 04:59 EST | Updated 01/21/2015 11:59 EST

Azucar Bakery In Denver Faces Legal Action After Baker Refuses To Make Anti-Gay Cake

A Denver baker is standing up for what she believes in, frosting and all.

Marjorie Silva, baker and owner of Azucar Bakery in Denver, is currently facing legal actions over a cake she refused to make almost a year ago, according to ABC News Denver.

Silva told the news station she is now facing a complaint of religious discrimination because she didn't write an anti-gay message on a Bible-shaped cake with the words "sinners" and "detestable."

Last March, an unidentified man came into Silva's bakery, asking her to make a cake with a message he had written himself. He also asked her to draw two men holding hands with an X over them, she tells the news station.

"I was shocked. I was like, 'Oh my God. What am I supposed to do?'"

Eventually, Silva agreed to make the cake, according to Out Front, but she refused to write the anti-gay message.

"I told him I’d sell him a [decorating] bag with the right tip and the right icing so he could write those things himself," she told the site.

Now Silva is dealing with a letter filed against the bakery through Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies, and is required to retrace the events that happened in March 2014. Part of her reply to the department has been posted on Out Front:

"I would like to make it clear that we never refused service. We only refused to write and draw what we felt was discriminatory against gays. In the same manner we would not … make a discriminatory cake against Christians, we will not make one that discriminates against gays."

In December 2013, another Denver bakery — Masterpiece Cakeshop — refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, according to Fox Denver. After the couple's complaint turned into a national boycott, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled the bakery would not be allowed to refuse to make wedding cakes for gay couples.

Following the decision, anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat even conducted what he called a social experiment, in which he called 13 bakers in the area and asked them to write homophobic messages on cakes. All of them refused, reports. Shoebat was apparently attempting to point out the "hypocrisy" in the state's ruling.

In the same year, another Oregon bakery, Sweet Cakes By Melissa, was shut down after it refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

While there isn't an apparent connection to Masterpiece Cakeshop and Silva's current legal situation, she believes anti-gay activists like the one who walked into her store may be using her place of work to protest the state's decision.


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