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New Zealand bakery refuses to bake same-sex couple a wedding cake

Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick, an Australian couple planning their destination wedding in New Zealand, were shocked to find that a local baker there had refused to bake their wedding cake. They had approached Kath’s Devine Cakes in Warkworth to make their cake, but received an email shortly after from the owner saying she refused to participate in a same-sex wedding.

The email read:

Hi Maureen and Sasha, thank you for your inquiry regarding a wedding cake for the 19th January.
I do not wish to offend either of you and I thank you for letting me know that it is a same sex wedding. Even though as individuals you are both fabulous and amazing people, I must follow the integrity of my heart and beliefs. Our government has legalized same sex marriages, but it is not my belief that it is correct, therefore I will not support it and cannot make your wedding cake for you.
Kind regards, Kath.”

The couple posted the email on social media, which immediately went viral.

“We’re glad we found out at this point because it could have really affected our plans if it had happened closer to the wedding,” Patrick said. “But ever since we shared the email on Facebook we’ve had other offers to make the cake which we’ll look in to.”

New Zealand has anti-discrimination laws in place within the country’s Human Rights Act that specifically protect LGBT+ people. Barr and Patrick have yet to comment on whether they will be taking legal action.

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