Christian-Owned Bakery Shuts Down After Gay Wedding Cake Controversy

Indianapolis' 111 Cakery has closed its doors.
Indianapolis' 111 Cakery has closed its doors. (Facebook/111 Cakery)

A Christian-owned bakery has shuttered its doors after protests for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. 

111 Cakery in Indianapolis was run by Randy and Trish McGath. Randy tells USA Today that Trish did most of the baking, and it was "wearing her out." 

"We have decided not to renew our lease so we are now closed. We want to thank everyone for your patronage, support and friendship. It has been a true pleasure to serve you. Eph 2:8," reads a post on their website. 

The McGaths first came under fire nearly a year ago for refusing to bake a cake for a gay-commitment ceremony. Within 24 hours, social media exploded with protests from across the country. Despite the protests, the McGaths' business was in full-swing. Within the week, the duo was receiving support and orders from across the country.

Still, one protester remained in front of the shop, pointing to the location's significance in a gay neighborhood. 

Randy told the Indianapolis Star that they were happy to be part of the community, but didn't want to be part of a commitment ceremony.  

"There was zero hate here," he tells the Star. "We were just trying to be right with our God. I was able to speak to many homosexuals in the community and to speak our opinion and have a civil conversation. I'm still in touch with some." 

Randy said the business was still profitable, even after protests began, and people would travel from all around the state to get one of Trish's pastries.  

Now the couple plans to spend more time with family, USA Today reports.

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