One local wedding cake baker has entered the Chick-fil-A gay marriage conversation with a tale of her own.
Sherry Buonopane loves to serve up sweet treats for anyone at Specialty Cakes & Sweets in Mechanicsburg. She said she was shocked to hear that a bride-to-be couldn't get her wedding cake at another baker.
"[The bride] said, 'I gotta tell you something. [The wedding is] two women.' I said, 'ok.' [The bride] said, 'do you have a problem with that?' I said, 'no!' Evidentially, there were allegedly other businesses that did turn them away," Buonopane said.
Buonopane's bakery has had several same-sex clients run into similar troubles.
Cake, it appears, is now in the same conversation as chicken.
Wednesday, thousands of people traveled to the famous chicken sandwich restaurant on the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township for a Chick-fil-A "buy-in." The event was organized to support the fast-food chain after its owner, Dan Cathy, recently told reporters he was in favor of traditional marriage.
Cathy's comments boiled into a national political issue involving equality rights and same-sex marriage. Millions of supporters of traditional marriage spent Wednesday eating at restaurant locations across America.
Locally, Buonopane feels religious values are fine, just not in business.
"Do I have beliefs in the Catholic religion...yes," said Buonopane. "But, will I turn somebody away because they are Jewish or because they choose to love somebody of their same-sex? No."
There have been no reports of Chick-fil-A turning away any customers because of their sexual orientation.
"I have a personal preference, you have a personal preference...we can just leave it out of the business," said Buonopane.
Of the Harrisburg-area bakeries abc27 contacted on Thursday, none of them refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.
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