Couple says Houma bakery refused to bake same-sex wedding cake
HOUMA - A Houma couple is claiming that a local bakery refused to bake them a wedding cake earlier last week because of their same-sex relationship.
According to a WWL-TV report, Sarah Matherne, who was planning her wedding to her girlfriend Jenita Billiot, said she called Caro's Cakes and Catering to discuss cake options, but when a store employee learned that the cake would be for two brides, Matherne said the bakery declined to set an appointment.
Matherne posted about the encounter on Facebook:
Since Wednesday, multiple comments and negative reviews appeared on the bakery’s unofficial Facebook page.
"While you currently have the right to refuse service to homosexuals based on your 'religious rights,' I have the right to no longer support your discriminatory practices. It is unfortunate, because I have purchased many cakes from your store," wrote Houma resident Logan Landry, who calls himself a "happily married gay man."
"You have made cakes for many of our celebrations, including our adopted child's birthday. I will now take my business elsewhere," he added.
"Love love LOVE their cakes and so does my WIFE. That's why on July 3rd we got married. & we ordered OUR WEDDING CAKE a few days before … However, little did they know it was for a SAME SEX marriage," Ericka Picou wrote in another comment.
"My wife is a huge fan of Caro's and so was I until I read that they discriminate against gays. We never mentioned we were gay when I order the cake over the phone. and if you ask me I probably will not ever order another cake from them. Nothing but judgmental jerks!"
On Monday, Duane Caro, the bakery's owner said he hoped the controversy would die down.
"My intent was not to hurt anybody, but just to be true to God and my Catholic faith. I'd like to thank everyone for their prayers," Caro said. "Please continue to pray for healing for ourselves and our nation."
According to WWL-TV, discriminating against a customer based on sexual preference is still legal in most parts of Louisiana. Only two cities, New Orleans and Shreveport, have made such discrimination illegal.
"We are still quietly trying to wrap our minds around the hatred surrounding the need of a law to protect us against discrimination," Matherne wrote Saturday.
"I am positive there is no other twist or turn in which to take our story," she added, declining to comment further.