In September 2010, a bakery in Indianapolis refused to accept an order for rainbow-frosted baked goods to celebrate National Coming Out Day. The bakery said that they could not accept the order, because they don't approve of homosexuality. In the wake of that incident, thousands of people emailed both the bakery and the city of Indianapolis, urging them to root out discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Finally, a settlement has been reached, where the bakery will recognize a non-discrimination policy that protects people on the basis of sexual orientation, and will post that policy in an area that is viewable to the public at their establishment.
A gay student group at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) tried to place an order witha bakery vendor at the Indianapolis City Market for an upcoming National Coming Out Day event. They had hoped to order cookies or cupcakes with rainbow frosting.
But instead of being given adequate service, they were told by the bakery vendor, Just Cookies, that their order couldn't be accommodated. Apparently, it violated the "family values" of the bakery to fulfill an order for a gay rights event.
"I explained we're a family-run business, we have two young, impressionable daughters and we thought maybe it was best not to do that," said Just Cookies co-owner David Stockton to a local Fox television station. "We have our values, and you know, some things ... for instance, if someone wants a cookie with an obscenity, well, we're not going to do that."
But a baked goods order asking for rainbow frosting? That's hardly obscene.
Is this the right environment and climate that the Indianapolis City Market wants to send to its customers? Send the City Market a message that they should make sure all vendors treat customers with dignity and equality, regardless of their sexual orientation.