by Carly Hill
What are the holidays for if not for politically-charged debates between family? Sitting around the rainbow lit tree last night, I was the referee between two family members (who shall remain unidentified) in a debate about…gay wedding cakes and Duck Dynasty.
We were discussing the now old news about the Christian couple who owned a bakeshop, but found themselves in the middle of a lawsuit for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. Their stand against homosexuality cost them their business.
Then, we talked about Phil and his GQ interview where he stated his beliefs (rather crudely, but still Biblically). Likewise, his stand against homosexuality cost him his job. Although, I wouldn’t even call what he said a “stand.” He was simply stating his “preference.”
Here’s how the wedding cake conversation went:
Family Member #1: I am for traditional marriage, but if I owned a bakery, I would totally bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. When you’re a baker, you’re providing a service and that service is making cakes. If you don’t believe in gay marriage, then you don’t believe in gay wedding cakes. A cake is a cake.
Family Member #2: Knowingly baking a cake for a gay wedding is an act of showing support. If Christians don’t take a stand on this, where will we take a stand? It’s just like the Duck Dynasty thing. He took a stand, and look where it got him.
My opinion: Although I’m actually closer to Family Member #1, I had to side with Family Member #2 on this. I think that the Christian bakers who refused to bake the wedding cake for a gay wedding did the right thing. They made national headlines for being different and standing up for their beliefs. There was nothing hateful or Westboro-Baptist-y about the way they stood up for the Bible.
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