John M. Becker

Bigoted Oregon Bakery Closes

Filed By John M. Becker | September 04, 2013 11:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: bigoted bakery, Christianists, hypocritical Christians, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Melissa Klein, Oregon, religious exemptions, same-sex marriage, special rights, Sweet Cakes, theocrats, weddings

ruined_cake.jpgRemember Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the anti-gay Oregon bakery whose owners refused to serve a lesbian couple, claiming that their homophobic religious beliefs allowed them to violate the state's anti-discrimination law?

Local news reports indicate that the bakery is closing its doors. From KOIN 6 News:

According to the "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" Facebook page, "This will be our last weekend at the shop; we are moving our business to an in-home bakery..."

On Aug. 14, Oregon's state Bureau of Labor and Industries reported its investigation to determine if Sweet Cakes' actions violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which states that people cannot be denied service based on sexual orientation. The law provides an exemption for schools and religious groups, but not for private businesses, according to a BOLI news release.

Surprising no one, owners Aaron and Melissa Klein wasted no time claiming the mantle of martyrdom and casting themselves as the latest casualties of the non-existent Big Gay War Against Religious Freedom.

KOIN 6 snapped this photograph of a sign hanging in Sweet Cakes' storefront window in Gresham, Oregon:
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And the couple "defended their faith" whined to the Christian Broadcasting Network that opponents of discrimination used "mafia-style tactics" to force them out of business. They also revealed that their wedding cake business suffered "a major loss" in the wake of the anti-gay kerfuffle:

As Zack Ford notes at ThinkProgress, the Kleins apparently intend to reconstitute the business as an in-home operation in an attempt to continue discriminating against same-sex couples. However, Oregon's investigation into the bakery for violations of the state's anti-discrimination law will continue.

Excuse me while I shed a crocodile tear or two for these persecuted Christianists.

Photo: KOIN 6 News.


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