Candace Chellew-Hodge Interview: Does Sweet Cakes Bakery have the religious right to deny service to lesbians?

I had the privilege, recently, of interviewing Candace Chellew-Hodge for KBOO, Portland’s Community Radio Station. With the permission of KBOO’s news director, I’m uploading the segment here. You can also see the full, uncut version on KBOO’s website.

Link to audio file is here as well.

For those of you not familiar with Candace, she does a number of cool things relating to homosexuality and religion. She writes for Religion Dispatches, she’s the founder of Whosoever: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians, and she pastors the Jubilee! Circle in Columbia, South Carolina. Adding to her credentials is the fact that she managed to do this interview while fighting a sinus infection.

I talked with Candace about Sweet Cakes bakery in Gresham, OR. Sweet Cakes denied to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple on the basis of their sexuality, and defended their actions based on religious freedom. Candace talked about why Sweet Cakes doesn’t have a constitutional right to deny service to people, why making a cake isn’t the same thing as approving of a life decision, and more.


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