30% of Democrats oppose mandates to force bakeries to make gay wedding cakes
chuck ross • October 20, 2022 3:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman has pleaded with people not to vote for him if they think bakers shouldn’t be forced to bake cakes for gay weddings, a stance that puts him at odds with many. many voters of his own party.
In a 2020 interview, Fetterman listed a list of policy positions he refused to back down on, including releasing people serving prison sentences for marijuana possession, accepting Syrian refugees and supporting same-sex marriage. He also weighed in on the controversy over a Colorado bakery’s refusal on religious grounds to design a cake for a gay wedding.
“If you think two people can’t love who they love… or if you think someone should be able to not bake someone a wedding cake,” said Fetterman, “Please vote for the other person, because it will never be me.”
Fetterman’s steadfast position would be bad news for him if voters in the swing state of Pennsylvania take his advice at the polls next month. According to Pew research survey in 2017, Americans were also divided on whether bakers should be required to bake cakes for same-sex weddings. Thirty percent of Democrats and 71% of Republicans opposed the mandates, according to the poll. Fetterman’s Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz supports same-sex marriage, but has not publicly weighed in on the wedding cake issue.
Fetterman’s views also put him at odds with some of the liberal Supreme Court justices. By a 7-2 vote in 2018, the Court sided with Masterpiece Cakeshop in a case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Commission had taken legal action to force store owner Jack Phillips to design a cake for a gay wedding, but he refused to do so on religious grounds. Liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan joined all conservative justices in supporting Phillips.
Fetterman weighed in on the cake controversy days after his 2020 interview, calling Phillips an “asshole” on Twitter. He also has said that anyone who refuses to bake a gay wedding cake for religious reasons “may need a new religion”.
Phillips’ legal drama hasn’t gone away. Last year, a Colorado state judge fined Phillips $500 for refusing to bake a birthday cake for a woman celebrating the day she became transgender. Phillips’ lawyers at the Alliance Defending Freedom said an “activist lawyer” ordered the cake in order to “test” Phillips.
“Radical activists and government officials target artists like Jack because they won’t promote messages about marriage and sexuality that violate their core beliefs,” his lawyers said. said.
The Fetterman campaign did not respond to a request for comment.