Friday, December 10, 2010
Just Cookies Just Won't Discriminate
Just Cookies, the bakery in City Market which refused to sell cupcakes to a GLBT organization on the IUPUI campus in celebration of National Coming Out Day, has reached a settlement agreement with the City of Indianapolis whereby it agrees to abide by the terms of the City's human rights ordinance in the future as a condition to keeping its lease in City Market and posting a notice of the policy at its place of business. The City's human rights ordinance prohibits discrimination in public accommodations based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. It also requires businesses that do business with city and county agencies to have policies prohibiting discrimination on these bases. Indiana Equality, an organization that claims to support GLBT rights, angered members of its own community when it and two of its board members, City-County Councilor Jackie Nytes and former City-County Councilor Scott Keller, the original co-sponsors of the HRO, took the view the bakery did not violate the ordinance by refusing to sell rainbow-colored cupcakes to the organization and urged the community to drop its complaint against the business. Obviously, the city's office of corporation counsel viewed the matter differently.