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Oregon bakery refuses to make same-sex wedding cake
‘I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,’ owner says

Aaron Klein at Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore.
By Mike Benner
updated 2/2/2013 5:53:52 PM ET
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GRESHAM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Justice is looking into a complaint that a Gresham bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex marriage.
It started on Jan. 17 when a mother and daughter showed up at Sweet Cakes by Melissa looking for the perfect wedding cake.
“My first question is what’s the wedding date,” said owner Aaron Klein. “My next question is bride and groom’s name … the girl giggled a little bit and said it’s two brides.”
Klein apologized to the women and told them he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages. Klein said the women were disgusted and walked out.
“I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” said Klein. “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.”
At the advice of their attorney, the women are not speaking to the media, but they have plenty of support. Numerous people have blasted the Klein’s on the internet.
What Klein wants to make clear is that he and his wife do not hate homosexuals.
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“They can buy my stuff,” said Klein. “I’ll sell them stuff … I’ll talk to them, it’s fine.”
What is not fine, according to Klein, is a marriage between people of the same sex. He will always stand by that conviction.
“I’d rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in then to see him bow down because one person complained.”
ORS 659A.403 is the law in question. In short, it prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation. Klein and his wife have two weeks to respond to the Oregon Department of Justice’s inquiry into what happened.

15 Responses to APPLAUSE!

  • Taliban says:

    :2thumbup :shakehand2 :2thumbup

  • Observer says:


    Morning everyone :peluk

  • LUNDUN says:



  • Observer says:

    losing battle yes caw if yuh nuh mine sharp em lose em court case but at least em naw lose em morals n beliefs

  • Real says:

    U know u cant go in a certain places with tshirt and flip flop…..di man seh u cant come inna him place wid wife and wife …a fi him business and a dat him a defend …dem shouldnt bex dem shoulda glad fi di honesty

  • Met says:

    him cite him religious views dem haffi respect that…if dem try go beyond that then they are going to be in violation of his civil rights…

  • Brightlight says:

    Too many of these homosexuals are just evil. Instead of going somewhere where they will make you your cake regardless of your sexual orientation you choose to fight the man, gang up on him and his wife’s buisness with other homo’s and now sue them? To force them?

    I don’t care what nobody says shit like this is exactly why I’m convinced of the evil nature of so many of these ppl. It’s like they purposely seek out ppl that they know is against homosexuality and try to wreak havoc on their lives. I hope this couple does not cave in and stands their ground. We have to fight back.

  • Met says:

    brightie we have to…the more we ease and give them way a di more dem bar wi in

  • PPL busineSS says:


  • kia NUNYABIZNIZ bubblez says:

    glad to si di owners stand up fi dem beliefs an mek dem evil souls kno seh him nuh hate dem just believe marriage fi btwn man an ooman. my prayers fi dis couples business an may dey continue prosper

  • Mama says:

    if we don’t stand for something we fall for anything!! He deserve around of applause for standing up for what he believes him

  • Galover says:

    Wait, Tell me this..If you’re a woman, and you luv luving up woman, thats your freedom of expression right? ok.. So if de man say he don’t wanna bake gay cake, what wrong? That’s his freedom of expression too right? or I missing something?… If you don’t like what the man said, then go find a gay cake baker or something. These people wanna take over, and wanna just ram they believes down ya throat, along with other things. SMFH..

  • Observer says:

    yuh rite metty dats dat thin line n yu noe america governed by religion and politics

  • Anonymous says:

    is about time some stand up for their of opinion

  • Flatbush Ave...NYC says:

    The man is right. Stand up for what you believe. They can always take their business somewhere else.

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