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Allergic sa bading? LGBT advocates let Joel Villanueva have his cake and eat it, too

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Senator Joel Villanueva got a surprise Monday (March 6) when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates visited him at the Senate to offer him a rainbow cake.

Tacing Marasigan, spokesperson of the Lagablab Network, says they gifted Villanueva a cake after his curious question to Senator Risa Hontiveros during last week’s plenary debate on the Anti-Discrimination Bill.

During the interpellation, Villanueva asked Hontiveros, the principal author of the bill, whether bakers who refuse to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples are committing discrimination.

Villanueva was referring to the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that found a Christian-owned bakery guilty of violating the State’s Anti-Discrimination Act when it turned away a gay couple in 2012.

The senator, son of Jesus Is Lord founder and head pastor Bro. Eddie Villanueva, was worried on how the bill will impact one’s practice of religion.

“When services open to the general public are denied to LGBT people, that’s discrimination and that’s wrong,” Marasigan said.

“We should be allowed to enjoy cakes when cakes are supposed to be for everyone,” he added.

Marasigan said they are hopeful Villanueva will remain a supporter of the bill despite his religious leanings.

Megan Evangelista of the LGBT group Babaylanes noted than under the ADB, even a straight man will be protected if he experiences discrimination by a gay person.

“We hope that he will not change his mind about supporting the ADB, and will continue as its co-author without diluting any of the bill’s important provisions,” she said.

“Sen. Villanueva must understand that the ADB is for everyone— if a cake was denied to a straight man by a bakery owned by a gay person only because he is straight, he also gets protection under this proposed bill,” added Evangelista.