State finds Oregon bakery discriminated by refusing to make wedding cake for lesbians

Owners say they were practicing their constitutional right to religious freedom

State finds Oregon bakery discriminated by refusing to make wedding cake for lesbians
20 January 2014

The civil rights of a lesbian couple in Oregon were violated when a bakery refused to make their wedding cake, according to a state investigation.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries found that Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against Portland couple Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman. Both parties must now undergo settlement talks.

Co-owner Melissa Klein shared the news on the bakery’s Facebook page: ‘We received papers from BOLI yesterday and they have made their decision that we have apparently discriminated. From what we have gathered we now have to wait to find out what the fines will be within 60 days.’

Klein and her husband, Aaron, had cited religious reasons for refusing to make the cake. They had stated on Facebook that ‘we strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives.’

It was last January that Aaron Klein refused to take the order. In September, they closed up shop and began working out of their home.

A sign on the door of the close bakery vowed: ‘This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.’

In her latest Facebook post, Melissa Klein thanked supporters for their prayers and wrote: ‘I feel such a peace with all of this that is going on. Even though there are days that are hard and times of struggle we still feel that the Lord is in this. It is His fight and our situation is in His hands.’



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