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Lesbian Couple Denied Wedding Cake Accept Celebrity Baker’s Offer

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A lesbian couple who were denied a wedding cake by an Oregon bakery have accepted a sweet offer from Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, who is based out of Baltimore.

The celebrity baker offered the brides-to-be a free wedding cake after they were shunned by an Oregon baker who said he does not serve same-sex marriages.

“I said, ‘Hey I can fix this problem. Somebody was a jerk to them and I can bake them a cake. That’s what I can do,’” Goldman told last week.

Aaron Klein, who owns Sweet Cakes with his wife, Melissa, told ABC News affiliate KATU-TV he was living in accordance with his religious beliefs when he refused to make the couple a wedding cake.

“I honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, [it's] just something I believe in very strongly,” he said.

One of the women filed a complaint Jan. 28 with the Oregon Department of Justice, which is looking into the allegation.

The names of the women have not been released, however they issued a statement through their lawyer thanking friends, family members and the community for the “outpouring of support.”

“We are especially thankful that LGBT-supportive companies have graciously offered their services to make our special day perfect,” they said.

Goldman, who recently baked the cake for the inaugural ball, said he is happy to help.

“It involves cake, it involves love, marriage, all things I’m a big fan of,” he said.

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New in Apple's iOS 6: Gay and Lesbian Emoticons

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The next version of software for the iPhone and iPad will include gay and lesbian emojis for the first time. Emojis are the small emoticon-like icons or pictures included in some phone operating systems. They can be inserted into text messages or emails.

The new emojis in the iOS 6 operating system feature both lesbian and gay couples holding hands. There are also ones of heterosexual couples. Apple has publicly supported gay rights.

Apple’s iOS 6 operating system is due out later this year. It was detailed earlier this week at the company’s WWDC conference in San Francisco.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Urban Outifitters Targeted for Suggestive Ad

Urban Outfitters(NEW YORK) -- After unsuccessfully campaigning to get Ellen DeGeneres fired from her gig as a JC Penney spokesperson, the conservative group One Million Moms is now railing against the retail chain Urban Outfitters for its catalog photo of two women kissing.

In a web posting, the group advised parents to call or email Urban Outfitters with complaints about the photo.

“Tell them you will also no longer shop at their stores if you hear this type of advertising continues,” states the post. “The content is offensive and inappropriate for a teen who is the company’s target customer.”

One Million Moms is also demanding that Urban Outfitters apologize. The company did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

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Earlier this year, the group attempted a boycott of JC Penney after Ellen DeGeneres was announced as the store’s spokesperson. JC Penney, however, stood behind the openly gay DeGeneres, who received support from her broad base of fans and even an endorsement from conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly.

One Million Moms is a division of the media watchdog Christian group, the American Family Association. The One Million Moms’ website describes their goal as stopping “the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media (TV, music, movies, etc.)”

This is not the first time Urban Outfitters has courted controversy. Last month, it was criticized by 10 members of congress for selling t-shirts that read “Kiss Me I’m Drunk or Irish or Whatever.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


J. Crew at Center of Gay Politics Again with Openly Gay Model

J. Crew [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- J. Crew surprised consumers again with a May 2011 catalog that features its employees as models, including a gay designer with his boyfriend, who are described as "Happy Together."

The preppie clothing giant was quiet on its presentation of the same-sex couple -- "Our designer Somsack and his boyfriend, Micah" -- but gay advocates applaud what they say is a strong message.

"Nothing is unintentional in this kind of marketing," said Cathy Renna of Renna Communications, which serves the LGBT community.  "Bravo to J. Crew."

"It's a giant step forward," she said.  "As an activist, it's great to see a diversity of images and to see gay families represented in more regular media."

Just last month, J. Crew stirred controversy when its online newsletter included an image of its president and creative director Jenna Lyons painting her son's toenails hot pink.

"Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink," said the caption.  "Toenail painting is way more fun in neon."

Social conservatives reacted with outrage at what they considered "liberal, transgendered identity politics."  Some critics suggested that her son Beckett might be "turned" gay or transgender.

"The Men's Shop" section in the back of the 135-page catalog includes J. Crew's in-house stylist with his nine-month-old son, bearded brothers, a designer with his dog and also the photographer's African-American husband and their Asian daughter, headlined as "Family Matters."

Heather McAuliffe, J. Crew VP for public relations, told ABC News that the company did not want to comment on what some saw as a new rainbow campaign.

More American companies recognize the consumer buying power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual community.  According to a January 2007 report, The Gay and Lesbian Market, in the U.S. from the market research firm Packaged Facts, their spending was expected to exceed $835 billion this year.

Now, J. Crew seems to have jumped on the bandwagon, according to advertising experts.

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