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Atlanta Landscaper Denies Service to Gay Couple Says Their Marriage is a ‘Perverse Foolish Delusion’

Stuart Dinenno a landscaper and  owner of Botanica Atlanta Landscape Design in Atlanta, Georgia, refused service to a gay couple because according to him their marriage is “perverse and foolish” and a “delusion.”

In  a review of Dinenno’s company on Yelp Colton S. of Sandy Springs Georgia wrote:,  “Contacted today about a very large project in Sandy Springs. The owner asked if the work was for me and my wife, I said no me and my husband and he replied that he wouldn’t be interested in working with us.”

The homophobic bigot Dinenno actually had the nerve to reply to to the review on YELP saying:  “Yes, this is an accurate description of what happened. When doing a large landscaping project it is necessary to work with the homeowners closely over several months through the design and installation phases. I can’t do that, all the while going along with the delusion of two men calling themselves a married couple, with one man referring to the other man as his husband. It’s very perverse and foolish, and needs to be called out as such.”

Georgia has some of the weakest civil rights protections for our citizens in the nation. Georgia has no law that prevents private employers from discriminating on the basis of an employee’s race; no law that prevents local businesses from refusing service to patrons because of their religion; and no law preventing landowners from refusing to rent or sell to our citizens based on their sexual orientation or gender identity

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Eighth Circuit Court Split Decision Supports "Christian" Videographers Denying Service To Gay Couple

Republican California Judge Rules That “Christian” Baker Does Not Have To Make Gay Wedding Cake

While everyone who follows gay news knows that the Supreme Court will soon be ruling on the case of Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado for denying to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. But another lesser know case has been been in the courts in Bakersfield, California. The case of Cathy Miller and Tastries Bakery which has flown under the gay news radar.

Miller refused to make a cake for the wedding of Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio because they are gay.

The newlyweds said the refusal was discrimination against homosexuals; Miller said she had a making the cake would violate her right to religious freedom.

On Monday, Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe, a staunch Republican appointed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Miller could continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, as such confections were a form of “artistic expression” and “expressive conduct” and therefore protected by the First Amendment.

The judge stated an order from the state to compel someone to directly go against their beliefs would be “the stuff of tyranny.”

“My business is owned by God,” Miller said in August. “We work for the Lord and my convictions and my conscience don’t allow me to participate in a lot of things like I’ve turned all kinds of orders away.”

The group representing her, The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, filed a motion for attorneys’ fees last week under California’s Private Attorney General statute.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is likely to appeal the final judgment in addition to its appeal of the initial denial of its motion for preliminary injunction.

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund is allied with the LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom


SCOTUS Anti-Gay Baker Jack Philips Denies Service To Trans Customer, Sues Colorado Officials

“Christian” Baker Who Refused Make Gay Couple Wedding Cake Petitions Supreme Court To Hear Case

"Christian" Baker Who Refused Make Gay Couple Wedding Cake Petitions Supreme Court To Hear Case - Buttercream Not Bigotry


In today’s “Beating A Dead Horse” department comes news that bigoted Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips of Colorado who wants the Supreme Court to hear his case after a lower court ruled he could not cite his religious beliefs to refuse service to a same-sex couple looking to purchase a wedding cake.

Phillips declined to make a cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012 saying that baking the wedding cake would violate his “faith”. Both Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled he discriminated against the couple and ordered him to change his store policy against making cakes for gay weddings. And despite the fact that last week the Colorado Supreme Court decided against hearing the case Phillips’ attorney filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the case.

No one—not Jack or anyone else—should be forced by the government to further a message that they cannot in good conscience promote,” said right-wing, anti-LGBT law group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco in a statement. “We are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect the people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living.”

Via press release from Alliance Defending Freedom:

A Lakewood, Colorado, cake artist who declined to use his artistic talents to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony asked the nation’s highest court Friday to take his case and rule that the government cannot force him to communicate a message with which he fundamentally disagrees.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed the petition because the Colorado Supreme Court declined in April to take the case after the state’s Court of Appeals affirmed a Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision from May 2014. That decision ordered Jack Phillips and his staff at Masterpiece Cakeshop to create cakes for same-sex celebrations. The decision also ordered Phillips to comply with Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act by re-educating his staff and filing quarterly “compliance” reports for two years.

“No one—not Jack or anyone else—should be forced by the government to further a message that they cannot in good conscience promote,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “And that’s what this case is about. Jack, who has happily served people of all backgrounds for years, simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message and event with which he fundamentally disagrees. We are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect the people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living.”

In a guest piece for the Post, the baker explained “same-sex unions are not an idea I can help celebrate.”

“The message I would be supporting with my talents is not a message I agree with or can pour myself into communicating effectively,” he wrote. “It’s not about selling cookies or cupcakes; it’s about investing some part of my creative soul into communicating an idea my heart rejects.”

Mark Silverstein, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, told the Denver Post they intend to file a response to the baker’s petition.

“As we’ve argued and the courts have consistently and correctly ruled in this case, everyone has a right to their religious beliefs,” he explained. “But business owners cannot rely on those beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against prospective customers.”

Just bake the damn cake!


Bigoted Toledo, Ohio Bakery Refuses To Sell Birthday Cake To Gay Customer

Bigot bakery refuses to make gay birthday Cake


From Toledo Ohio’s ABC affiliate:

It certainly wasn’t the text message Candice Lowe was expecting to get on her honeymoon. She says it came from the owner of Take the Cake Bakery in Toledo, canceling the order for her wife’s birthday cake.

Lowe says, “after she saw my Facebook page, she found out that I was in a same-sex marriage and she could not do my cake.”

“She did all of their effort to get a cake and gets a text message and has to tell me her surprise, it kind of ruined our day,” Amanda Lowe said of her wife.

“It wasn’t a wedding cake, it was just a birthday cake,” Candice said. “A birthday cake has nothing to do with your sexual preference.”

Toledo is one of 15 Ohio municipalities with an ordinance to prevent discrimination against LGBT couples and individuals. However, Cee Lowe has not discussed whether she is considering a lawsuit.

In an interview with 13 ABC, Lowe said she was simply disappointed that her order was canceled due to her sexual preference. She was also disturbed because Take the Cake owner LaGresha Fizer-Brown apparently “stalked” her Facebook page to gain that information.

ABC Toledo also needs to change their wording.  The order was not cancelled because of the sexual orientation of the customers. It was cancelled because of the homophobia of the business owners. That distinction needs to be made perfectly clear.


LaGresha Fizer-Brown



Restaurant Refuses To Serve Anti-Gay GOP State Senator Stacey Campbell Because Of His Hateful Agenda

Anti-Gay Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield the force behind Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill got a taste of his own hateful medicine this weekend when the restaurant owner Martha Boggs of the Bistro at the Bijou in Knoxville refused to serve Campbell over his anti-gay statements and hateful agenda and told him to leave.

“I didn’t want his hate in my restaurant. I told him he wasn’t welcome here. … I feel like he’s gone from being stupid to being dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him.”
Besides the Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill.  In recent months Campfield has asserted that bullying of gay kids “is a lark”, compared homosexuality to sex with animals, that homosexuality is “glorified” in the media, and that it’s “virtually impossible” for heterosexuals to contract AIDS and that AIDS was created by a gay man who had sex with a monkey.
Back2Stonewall.com applauds Martha Boggs for her courage and actions in standing up to this this hateful bigot.
You can Congratulate Martha and the Bistro at the Bijou via their Facebook page HERE