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NY Bakery Saves The Day After Baker Cancels On Lesbian Couple A Month Before Their Wedding

With just a month to go before their big day, Desirie White and Jess Dowd, of Berwick, Pennsylvania, were shocked to receive an email from their baker canceling on them because baking a cake for a same-sex couple goes against “my fidelity to the God of Scripture.”

Frustrated by the sudden turn of events, the couple decided to post about their experience.

Desirie shared an email she received from the business owner, saying, “I believe that the LGBTQ + community has the right to live as other civilians and be protected. Yet, my refusal to make your cake is based on my fidelity to the God of Scripture, and my religious beliefs are combined with my business practices.”

That’s when Rebecca Riley, the owner of the bakery Peace, Love, and Cupcakes in Syracuse, came across their post and decided to help out by baking them a cake, Syracuse.com reports.

The couple said the owner refunded the money and canceled the contract, leaving them a little more than a month to find a new cake.

“I just can’t even imagine how that would make someone feel,” said Riley.

She offered to bake and deliver a vegan wedding cake for free.

“When I had that first conversation with Desirie, she a was like ‘are you serious?’ I was like, ‘yes,’” she said. “If there’s any way to combat this is with an act of love and support and community. I don’t want a penny from those girls.”

Floored by Riley’s generosity, the couple couldn’t be more grateful.

“There’s some people who are blood-related to me that wouldn’t go as far as she has,” White said.

“Out of something that happened that kind of hurt our community, a lot of love came out of it,” Dowd added. “I mean it’s only a cake, but a cake is sometimes one of the things that you remember. You eat that on your year anniversary, and you share that with your family and friends. That was important to us.”

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