Sandra Lee is stepping in to help. The Food Network chef and personality was so outraged by the Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple that she decided to take matters into her own hands Monday.
“I do not believe that it is right to discriminate against anyone,” she wrote in a post to her Facebook page. “Therefore if a same sex couple has been turned down by the bakery of their choice, I will find a baker who appreciates your commitment and loves you for who you are. Love Aunt Sandy.”
Lee, who has made her name in the culinary world as the accessible, friendly host of Semi-Homemade Cooking, further expressed her frustration at the ruling in a statement to People.
“This is disappointing and hurtful and not what America stands for,” she said, calling the jury’s decision “a nightmare and unacceptable.” “We stand together united regardless of race, gender or orientation.”
Earlier Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was protected by the law in his 2012 decision to refuse service to same-sex couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig on the basis of religious beliefs.
In 2014, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had decided that Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop had violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act, or CADA, but just two years later, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal nonprofit, petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case, hence the recent outcome.
Lee isn’t the only voice to take a stance.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane shared his own thoughts on the topic in a post to Twitter, writing in part, “It’s a short walk than we think, particularly today, from ‘I won’t bake them a cake because they’re gay’ to ‘I won’t seat him here because he’s black.’”
The Knot’s CEO, Mike Steib, also issued a statement: “I want to take this opportunity to reiterate that our company supports everyone’s right to marry the person they love. Period. Our terms of service on The Knot prohibit vendors in our marketplace from discriminating against couples based on their race, religion, or sexual orientation. When we learn that a vendor has violated these terms of service, we will remove the vendor’s storefront and refund his or her money. We love our couples, and all of our couples deserve a marketplace free of unfair prejudice.”