“Sweet Cakes” Bakery in Gresham, OR Refuses Service To Lesbian Couple: “Its in the Constitution”

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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5 Responses

  1. C Dubya says:

    Per Oregon law (§ 659A.403) regarding the prohibition of discrimination in a place of public accommodation, “…all persons within the jurisdiction of this state are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation, without any distinction, discrimination or restriction on account of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or age if the individual is 18 years of age or older. … It is an unlawful practice for any person to deny full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation in violation of this section.” See http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/659A.403

  2. Rob Cochran says:

    I am organizing a demonstration outside of Sweet Cakes in Gresham this Saturday, February 9th, from 12 noon to approximately 3pm.

    So far, I got at least 8 people committed to showing up, with more confirming by the hour.
    I’m also looking for media contacts and would love to get some local celebrities there too to help get some exposure.

    The purpose of the demonstration is not to be hateful, but to send a message to the business owners, the media, and local community in Gresham that Oregonians will not stand idly by and allow this kind of discrimination in our home!

    I am especially hoping to recruit Christians, clergy, and people of all faiths to attend in order to demonstrate that many Christians and religious people support marriage equality and equal rights for LGBTQ.

    If you would like to attend, have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help with organizing this demonstration, Please contact Rob at pdxroberto@yahoo.com.


  3. Rob Cochran says:

    “I would rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in, than have him bow down because one person complained.” There are thousands more than you know that complain about this. Stop hiding behind your religion and just admit that you are a bigot and a homophobe. You may be enjoying a “Chick-fillet” effect from this act of bigotry, but I can assure you, a month from now those who flocked to support you will not be bothered by your supposed martyrdom. 20 years from now, this will be just another embarrassing chapter in American civil rights history. You and your discriminatory stance will be used as an example to teach children in our country how we once were so hateful and bigoted. Is that the legacy you want to leave for your children? Meanwhile, those who stood up for civil rights and equality in this country will remember. And we will be proud of our actions to oppose you. Mark my words, this will not be forgotten.

  1. July 27, 2014

    […] Remember Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the “Christian”-owned bakery, that closed its doors earlier this year after its owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of violating LGBT people’s rights by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries by refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013. […]

  2. February 2, 2015


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