“Sweet Cakes” Bakery in Gresham, OR Refuses Service To Lesbian Couple: “Its in the Constitution”
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery service with stores in both Gresham and Portland OR has refused to bake a lesbian couples wedding cake because they say “it’s against their beliefs” and that its “in the Constitution” has been slapped with a discrimination complaint from a lesbian couple who they refused service to but are standing strong that its their right to discriminate.
“Did Sweet Cakes owner Aaron Klein violate the law when he told the couple that he couldn’t sell them a cake because “they were abominations to the Lord?” That’s what Oregon Attorney General’s civil enforcement officers are looking into after one of the brides-to-be filed a complaint on Jan. 28. The woman who filed the complaint said she had previously bought a cake from Sweet Cakes for her mother’s wedding. It was fine. But when her partner went back for their wedding cake on Jan. 17, the owner refused.
Klein on Friday denied making the harsh statement, but admitted to a KATU reporter on camera that he did deny her service. “I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages,” he said. I “honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, (it’s) just something I believe in very strongly.” But beliefs aren’t enough to cover him under state law. The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 prohibits discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The statute includes public accommodations, such as businesses.”
Make no mistake about it this is not about religious freedom but it is about peoples religious beliefs onto those that do not share them. This is no different from a restaurant that refuses to serve people of color, or a hotel that refuses to give Jews a room, or a bar that will not serve women.
At the Sweet Cakes Facebook page the couple has been frantically deleting most negative comments and leaving those only from closed minded “Christian” bigots like themselves.
But hey kids. They can’t delete comments on YELP