Baker on Not Providing Wedding Cake to Lesbians: ‘I Have to Stand True’ to God

Penny Starr | August 15, 2014 | 3:30pm EDT
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File - In this March 10, 2014 file photo, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store, in Lakewood, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

( – A bakery in Pennsylvania has come under scrutiny after the owner declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple who were planning to renew their vows.

"It was hard to do," Lorraine Fleming, the owner of The Cake Pros bakery in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., told WBRE-TV on Tuesday. "We have homosexuality in our family, and it was a hard decision to make, but in the end, when I die and I'm one on one with God I have to stand true to him."

Despite harassment, including on the company’s Facebook page, which Fleming decided to take down, she told the television reporter she is “doing the right thing.”

“I’m not sorry for my decision, and I feel strong,” Fleming said. “I know that I’m doing the right thing.

“I’m sorry for the damage that’s been done as far as hurt feelings,” she said.

"When I get my wedding dress I feel like I have to go in and say 'hey, it's for a gay wedding. Is that okay?’" Bethany Pertich said in an article on the TV station’s website.

"I feel like I have to say that now, and I shouldn't have to," said Pertich, whose “wife” is named as Jennifer. "I mean when two people are in love what difference does it make?"

The television reporter also interviewed a bisexual woman for the report.

"It's absolutely absurd," Danielle Townsend, a Schuylkill Haven resident, told the reporter.

“She said she won't step foot in the bakery since hearing about the story,” the reporter said in the website article.

Nicholas Piccioni, a resident from a neighboring town, said he supports Fleming’s decision.

"It's their business," Piccioni told the reporter. "If they don't want to have a cake for gay people, then it's their business."

Fleming did not respond to’s request for an interview.

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