‘I believe I have the liberty to live by my principles,’ baker says as she turns away a gay couple before their wedding
An Oregon lesbian couple has claimed a baker has refused to make a cake for their wedding.
Erin Hanson and Katie Pugh have said they were turned away from a local bakery Fleur Cakes because they are lesbians.
‘I found a gal who was making gorgeous cakes,’ Pugh told KATU News. ‘I contacted her and we set up a time to do a tasting.’
‘I mentioned Erin in passing, and said a “she” in passing too, in the email. A few days later she called back and that was today. And called and verified it was a same-sex wedding,’ Pugh said.
Pam Regentin, who owns Fleur Cakes, was asked if she was aware it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation for a business that serves the Public.
‘I believe I have the liberty to live by my principles,’ she said.
Oregon Labor Bureau is currently investigating a similar complaint after another local bakery refused to make a cake for a gay couple in February.
State statutes say any business offering a service to the public must provide ‘full and equal accommodations without any distinction on account of race, color, religion, sex or sexual orientation.’