Melbourne florsist Melissa O’Neill, a member of the Equality Party, says her cake to celebrate her marriage to a gay man in 2018 was refused by a cake company because of its ‘racist’ design.
Ms O’Neil’s cake, which was to be held at a local church, was decorated with a cross on a white cake with a black bow on top, and a black cross on the bottom, in homage to the LGBT community.
‘I can’t believe this is happening in Australia.
I mean, how can you have a wedding that’s going to celebrate your love for your partner and the way you celebrate it?’
Ms OO’s wedding cake was to have been held at Melbourne’s St Mary’s Cathedral, but she says it has been refused because of the rainbow flag on it.
‘We were so excited about this cake because it’s going on my birthday.
I wanted to do a cake with that flag on the top and it’s just been refused by the cake company,’ Ms OJ told the ABC.
‘The flag has nothing to do with this country.
It’s a symbol of racism.
‘So I’m really upset and I’m so frustrated.’
Ms OA’s cake was decorated by her local baker, who was the recipient of the cake when she received the wedding certificate in May.
‘It’s really sad, because it is our wedding cake and it has to represent all Australians,’ she said.
‘You can’t say to the people who were involved in this that you’re going to discriminate against people.
‘And it just makes you feel really, really uncomfortable.
‘A lot of us have had people who have come out and said it’s a very racist flag and I think that’s really wrong.’
Ms Tylor says she is ‘disappointed’ and ‘very upset’ that she and her partner, Paul, had to pay to decorate their cake.
‘This is not a normal thing for us to do in Australia,’ she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
‘I’m disappointed and I feel very upset.
I’m not sure how it could be racist, but I don’t know what to say.
‘But it is not racism, it’s very simple.’
Mr O’Brien says the Equality party has no plans to stop selling cakes.
‘My cake is my own personal property, and I am not going to sell it,’ he said.
‘It’s just not my business.
We’ve never had any issues before, and we’ve done it on a regular basis for about three years.’
I think that the cake is a very simple and symbolic symbol of our love, and that’s something that’s been very powerful in the history of this country and that we’ve always held.’
‘You’re not supposed to offend anyone.’
The Equality Party’s Melbourne branch president, Chris Poynter, told the Victorian Government that he was ‘disgusted’ by the refusal of the company.
Mr Poyner said the Equality team was ‘very surprised and disappointed’ that Ms O’s cake had to be refused, but that he believed it was a matter of equality.
The Marriage Equality Campaign says that Mr OBrien’s cake ‘was decorated with the rainbow and the word ‘Love’ on it’ in recognition of his ‘love for his partner’.
The campaign’s Queensland representative, Matt Withers, said the refusal was ‘deeply upsetting’.
‘Our party supports the Equality Equality Party and believes that every marriage should be based on love and compassion for all who are in a committed relationship, and not on prejudice or bigotry,’ he told ABC radio on Friday.
He said that the Equality campaign would continue to ‘support the right of all Australians to celebrate their love for their partner without fear or prejudice’.
He urged businesses to use ‘respectful language’ in their advertising, including in their cakes, to avoid ‘creating unnecessary conflict’ in the community.
Ms O’Connell, who is an atheist and a member.
said that she was ‘extremely disappointed’ at the refusal.
She said: ‘It just shows how intolerant the whole gay community are and how much this discrimination against us, and against our family, has to do and how many families have been forced to live in fear and to live on a tight budget.’
Ms Poyns said the decision was ‘an appalling failure by a very small company that was not even in business for six months’.
Ms Tylors, who has three children, said she is not angry.
“I’ve had to deal with discrimination in my family, in my workplace, and the community, but there’s nothing I can do to change it,” she said, adding that she would continue with her cake.
Earlier this week, the Equality Campaign released a video titled ‘The Gay Marriage Campaign: Stop It’ in which they outlined their concerns about the