Skip to main content

Oregon Bakery Being Investigated For Denying Lesbian Couple A Wedding Cake

An Oregon same-sex couple has filed a complaint with the state alleging that a bakery discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation.

Rachel Cryer, 30, said she went to Sweet Cakes by Melissa to order a wedding cake. She met with the owner, Aaron Klein, and he inquired about the wedding date and the names of the bride and groom.

"I told him, 'There are two brides and our names are Rachel and Laurel,'" according to the complaint. Klein then allegedly informed her that his business does not provide its services for same-sex weddings.

"Respondent cited a religious belief for its refusal to make cakes for same-sex couples planning to marry," the complaint says. Klein said earlier this year that he and his wife, Melissa, decided to reject requests to bake cakes for same-sex marriages because it goes against their Christian faith.

"It's definitely not discrimination at all," Melissa said. "We don't have anything against lesbians or homosexuals. It has to do with our morals and beliefs. It's so frustrating because we went through all of this in January, when it all came out."

The Kleins have reportedly received death threats following the incident.

“I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God," Aaron said. "The Book of Genesis talks about that for this reason: A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. That, to me, is the beginning, the basis of marriage. We're struggling, but in the end, my faith is more important to me than a dollar. So I will continue to stand for what I believe in. And I don't think anybody is ever going to force me to go against my religion.”

Sources: Oregon Live, The Daily Mail


Popular Video