Investigators: Oregon Bakery Discriminated Against Lesbian for Declining to Make ‘Wedding’ Cake

KleinPORTLAND — State investigators in Oregon have concluded that a bakery run by a Christian couple unlawfully discriminated against a lesbian last year when it declined to make a ‘wedding’ cake for her same-sex ceremony.

As previously reported, Aaron and Melissa Klein operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, which is now operated from the couple’s home after the Kleins’ shut their doors due to harassment. In January 2013, 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. The Oregon Attorney General’s office soon 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 personally facilitate same-sex ceremonies, which is an act of participation.

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“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.”

“We were being asked to participate in something that we could not participate in,” Klein’s wife, Melissa, noted.

However, on Monday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced that it had concluded that the Klein’s broke the law when they declined to make the cake.

“The investigation concludes that the bakery is not a religious institution under law and that the business’ policy of refusing to make same-sex wedding cakes represents unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation,” it wrote in a press release.

The case will now move to a conciliation phase to work toward a settlement, but if an agreement cannot be reached, BOLI warns that “the bureau may bring formal charges and move the issue to BOLI’s Administrative Prosecution Unit.”

Attorney Herbert Grey, who is representing the Klein’s, told The Oregonian that the outcome of the investigation was expected, but that the couple will not recant their position nor change their convictions not to personally partake in facilitating a same-sex ceremony.

Aaron Klein echoed these sentiments in an interview with KATU-TV.

“We still stand by what we believe from the beginning,” he said. “I’m not sure what future holds, but as far as where we’re at right now… it’s almost as if the state is hostile toward Christian businesses.”

The Klein’s state that homosexuals used “mafia tactics” to force them to close their doors last year, sending threatening emails , harassing their vendors and ransacking their bakery truck as they packed to leave.

“You stupid Bible-thumping, hypocritical [expletive],” one email read. “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.”

But the Klein’s vowed to continue to stand, giving glory to God in a note that they affixed to the bakery as they closed down in September.

“This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong,” it read. “The Lord is good and we will continue to serve HIM with all our heart.”

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  • Linda Nichols

    So it’s ok if a Muslim cashier at Walmart refuses to serve someone who is buying bacon, but it’s not ok for a Christian to refuse service to gays? Muslims insist on their prayers 5 times a day but Christians can’t pray in public at all? Muslims can build a mosque on ground zero but Christians can’t put up a nativity scene?do you see the disparity? Why does Obama acknowledge Muslim holy days but not Christian and Jewish holy days? Christianity is being systematically torn down by the government. No matter, we only have to remain strong for a little while longer. The Lord will be here soon and then there won’t be anymore problems

  • Jason Gonzalez

    Its just amazing how Love can be so blinded and that people cant see the devil in them by the way they talk ,act and so fourth. There is no love in that. My Lord and Savior is Love and thats what i choose. Praying the blind fold will be taken off and ears unpluged so that they can hear the Truth. Yous are the ones going to hell if you dont repent and realize the Truth “JESUS”

  • Eric

    How can this be discrimination?
    He is selling to gay people, just not to gay events.

    Very strange conclusion!

    Too bad he had to close his business.

  • Susan

    They have right to said no They dont serve to Satan dirty sin. Keep strong with Lord Jesus all your heart know the truth. I know gays and lesbian ignore God Words and not want to follow God Words.They are high lifestyle very foolish.. They are not normal same sex . Let God handle and coming near future and jesus said there is no second chance.Their choice heaven or hell.