An Oregon wedding cake baker created a controversy this week when he refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. A story by The Christian Post indicated that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes bakery in Gresham, cited their faith when they turned the lesbian couple away.
“I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages,” Klein told a local station in an on-camera interview. “(I) honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, (it’s) just something I believe in very strongly.”
The lesbian couple filed a complaint with the Oregon Attorney General’s office. A local attorney told the media outlet that the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which prohibits businesses like the Klein’s from discriminating against homosexuals, may not circumvent Klein’s First Amendment rights to practice his faith. “If somebody had a religious-based reason for wanting not to trade with somebody, I think you have a really interesting test case for whether or not a statute like this can apply,” she noted.
The Kleins have received a huge email response from the public for his decision, including notes of both support and fiery criticism.