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Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

Oregon bakery can’t survive backlash from refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple

In a battle for religious freedom and freedom of conscience, a Oregon couple who run a bakery appear to be throwing in the towel.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa, owned and operated by Aaron and Melissa Klein, announced they are shutting down their shop after receiving vicious phone calls and email threats.

"Lesbian" wedding mock-cake at the Roma Gay Pride in 2008. Picture by Stefano Bolognini via wikimedia commons.

“Lesbian” wedding mock-cake at the Roma Gay Pride in 2008. Picture by Stefano Bolognini via wikimedia commons.

“This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery,” read a post on the company’s Facebook page on Aug. 30.

 Noting their Christian beliefs, the Kleins had refused to make a cake for a lesbian marriage back February.

“I did my normal thing, where I asked what the bride-and-grooms’ first names were to write down on our wedding cake contract,” Klein told CNSNews.com in that report. “She, the girl, giggled a little bit and then informed me it was two brides. At which point, I looked up from my paper, and said, ‘I’m sorry. I hope I didn’t waste your time, but we don’t do same-sex marriages. We don’t believe it is right.”

Klein said the woman and her mother “looked at each other with a little bit of a disgusted look” and got up to leave.

The complaint went all the way to the Oregon DOJ, but it appears to be the direct assaults and insults that have landed the final blow.

“You stupid bible-thumping, hypocritical b**ch.  I hope your kids get really, really, sick and you go out of business,” read one e-mail.

“Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot. Enjoy hell,” read another.

The controversy devastated business after cancellations, so the pair plan to just work out of their home.

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  1. Christian baker, Jack Phillips, ordered by court to make cake for gay wedding - The Global Dispatch says:

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  4. Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    All the bakeries and florists and caterers and photographers that people are wailing and gnashing their teeth about? They aren’t in the business of enforcing moral codes or providing spiritual guidance, they exist to MAKE MONEY. And as such they are obligated to comply with civil rights laws, whether those civil rights law protect people based on race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

    Perhaps Christians who believe that existing civil rights laws are too burdensome should file suit to have those laws overturned. Who knows, maybe they’ll be successful! Maybe the Supreme Court will determine that civil rights laws interfere with religious freedom and freedom of association. Then we can go back to the days when landlords could refuse to rent to Muslims, and restaurants could turn away Blacks. Christian business owners would be allowed to ask prospective customers which religion or sexual orientation they are, and then pick and choose which customers to serve, and which to turn away.

    You could even call it “American Exceptionalism!”

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