Bakery Under Investigation for Declining to Make Lesbian ‘Wedding’ Cake Moves Due to Harassment

KleinGRESHAM —  The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon that has been under investigation for declining to make a cake for a lesbian ‘wedding,’ state that they have been forced to close the doors to their shop and operate their business from home due to protests and harassment from homosexuals.

“This will be our last weekend at the shop,” Aaron and Melissa Klein wrote on Facebook on Friday. “We are moving our business to an in-home bakery.”

As previously reported, the Kleins operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a small shop painted in pink and decorated inside with crosses. In January, Aaron was approached by a mother and her daughter as the two were interested in a cake for the daughter’s upcoming wedding—to her lesbian partner.

“My first question was what’s the wedding date,” Klein told television station KTW in Portland. “My next question was [the] bride and groom’s name. … The girl giggled a little bit and said, ‘It’s two brides.’”

He stated that he then informed the women that the bakery does not make cakes for homosexual events.

“I apologized for wasting their time and said that unfortunately, we do not do same-sex marriages,” Klein explained.

The women then left Sweet Cakes upset about the incident, and later, one of them filed a complaint with the state.

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“I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” Klein told reporters. “The Book of Genesis talks about that: ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife.’ To me, that is the beginning—the basis of marriage.”

The Oregon Attorney General’s office then launched an investigation against the Klein’s as the state’s non-discrimination laws prevent public accommodations from being denied to any individual on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex [or] sexual orientation.”

But Klein stated that he regularly serves homosexuals. He believes that there is a difference between serving homosexuals in general, and having to facilitate same-sex ceremonies.

“I have customers come in almost on a weekly basis that are homosexual,” he said. “They can buy my stuff. I sell stuff. I talk with them. That’s fine.”

Since the matter made national headlines, the Kleins have experienced much opposition from homosexuals and same-sex ‘marriage’ advocates, including in the form of protests and angry phone calls and emails.

“You stupid Bible-thumping, hypocritical [expletive],” read one email. “I hope your kids get really, really sick and you go out of business.”

“Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot,” wrote another. “Enjoy Hell.”

Reports also state that emails expressed wishes that Aaron Klein be shot or raped.

Therefore, the Kleins have decided to move their bakery to their home as they state that their vendors were being “badgered and harassed” in an attempt to drive away contract business. Income also dropped significantly due to the matter.

However, the Kleins note that they have also received support regarding their Christian stand, and therefore, Sweet Cakes by Melissa is not going out of business, but rather relocating to avoid the drama taking place outside of their shop. Their last day at the location was Saturday.

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  • Craig

    Another battle lost – Homosexuals 1 Christians 0

  • Karie

    It amazes me that christians are being accused of hate when the hate is coming from the other side! God’s laws are being broken and all we as christians are doing is standing up for those laws. They could take their business elsewhere but instead insist on suing. Seems rather childish to me. Put your big boy/girl pants on and get over it. Move on for crying out loud without causing such a fuss. You don’t HAVE to have EVERYONE accept you! You are man or woman enough to make the choice to go against the order of God’s creation, it’s your choice. Don’t try to force everyone to agree with it.

  • Kenny

    Would another religious business that was not christian get slammed for not doing a wedding probably not. We are witnessing on how the left HATE Christians and what we stand for even through they preach tolerance as long as it good for for them. I applaud this business for standing up for what they believe. Land of the free that went out the door along time ago. Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

  • John

    The laws allow a business to not serve someone if they don’t want to. Unless the business is a government affiliated one, which would come under different laws. When did we loose our freedom of choice as citizens? The homosexuals made a case weekly about their right to choice.

  • Deborah

    Since when is there a third class of property: Public, Private and Commercial? Commercial property is private property, and private property is protected by the Constitution. Business owners don’t have to do business with anyone they don’t want to (“No shoes, no shirt, no service.”) The bakery – and the New Mexico photographers – are not refusing to do business with LGBTQ people. These are not lunch counters making LGBTQ sit in separate sections. They are not hotels refusing to rent empty rooms to LGBTQ people. These are not public buses requiring LGBTQ people to sit in the back. They are not schools refusing entry to LGBTQ students. Instead, they are refusing to take part in weddings, refusing to participate in something which violates their deeply held religious beliefs, which are also protected by the Constitution. Jewish butchers don’t sell hams and bacon to Christians. Muslims don’t sell Bibles or bikinis to anybody. Black photographers don’t have to photograph Klan rallies if they don’t want to help promote the Klan agenda. Christian printers don’t have to print Gay Pride Week signs if they don’t want to. These cases are non-starters, non-issues and are not discrimination. Go back to 8th grade civics.

    • Jean

      Very well said!

    • daniel

      Amazingly put.

  • Heidi

    Homosexuals could turn into the most wicked people of all, just as they did in Sodom and Gomorrah. Their sin has so blinded them, they can not see anything clearly. They need to be delivered from the hand of satan, so keep praying Christians for a lost and wicked world. Those who live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Pray for much grace in these last days till Christ returns.