Christian-Owned Bakery Says It Refused to Serve Gay People More Than Once
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Christian-owned bakery in Gresham, Ore., was found to have violated Oregon's civil rights law when it refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled in January that investigators found evidence that bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein unlawfully discriminated against Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman based on their sexual orientation, noted Oregon Live last month.
The Kleins, who moved their bakery to their home, always claimed they were not discriminating against the lesbian couple, but rather practicing their Christian beliefs.
This week, Sweet Cakes by Melissa admitted on its Facebook page that it had refused service to gay people before before the lesbian couple filed a complaint, which indicates a pattern of discrimination, notes GoodAsYou.org.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa wrote on Facebook:
"We opened our business knowing it could be a possibility that this issue could come up. Just because I have a public business does not mean I should have to set aside my morals, beliefs and convictions. We have had gay people want to order cakes in the past. When we explained to them why we could not do their cake they understood and went to another bakery. It may seem silly to you and that is fine. I personally would never force anyone to go against their beliefs."
However, Sweet Cakes by Melissa did force the lesbian couple to go against their beliefs of equality under the law, which is why they filed the complaint.