Same-sex couple denied a birthday cake by local bakery

Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 10:51 PM EDT
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It certainly wasn't the text message Candice Lowe was expecting to get on her honeymoon.

She says it came from the owner of Take the Cake Bakery in Toledo, canceling the order for her wife's birthday cake.

Lowe says, "after she saw my Facebook page, she found out that I was in a same-sex marriage and she could not do my cake."

"She did all of their effort to get a cake and gets a text message and has to tell me her surprise, it kind of ruined our day," Amanda Lowe said of her wife.

The couple was just married two weeks ago and are still on cloud nine after celebrating with their son, family and friends. But that all came crashing down. In some ways, they say, it's like taking two steps back.

"It wasn't a wedding cake, it was just a birthday cake," Candice said. "A birthday cake has nothing to do with your sexual preference."

The Lowes took their frustration to Facebook where they received overwhelming support. Their story really struck a chord with the LGBT community.

"A story like this makes me pretty angry inside because I know it could happen to me at any time, as well," Nick Komives, the executive director of Equality Toledo said.

If anything Komives hopes this will remind people that discrimination is very real and comes in many forms.

"We don't necessarily hear about it happening in our own backyard and it does make me a little bit upset," he said. "We've been working really hard to show that Toledo is welcoming to LGBT people."

As for the Lowes, they want their experience to open hearts and minds.

"They should learn that they can't just discriminate against someone's sexual preferences, especially over something as simple as a cake," Lowe said.

13abc did speak with the owner of Take the Cake over the phone, who at the time expressed interest in sharing her side of the story.

As of Wednesday night, multiple calls and text messages have gone unanswered.