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Reader: Don't want criticism? Don't refuse to make a gay wedding cake

Last week Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig stopped by Lakewood's Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a cake for their wedding reception -- what they hoped would be a rainbow-layered masterpiece decked out in teal and red frosting (their ceremony colors). Although they'll be reciting their vows in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the couple plans to celebrate with a reception for friends and family in Denver.

But they say that after bakery owner Jack Phillips listened to their request, he refused it: Masterpiece doesn't create cakes for gay weddings.

The report on that denial sparked an outpouring of comments, including this one from smallbusinessowner:

Isn't this "letting the market work"? It seems if a business makes a poor business decision to not include a potentially significant market that folks shouldn't be surprised when they get lambasted by upset once-potential customers. I know as a consumer I regularly let my friends know when I think a business fails to meet my needs. Masterpiece Cakeshop is simply experiencing the beauty of the free market.

And the free market is speaking freely about Masterpiece Bakery. Post your thoughts below, or join the conversation already under way here.


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