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.