The Oregon attorney general’s office is investigating a Portland-area bakery after a lesbian couple filed a complaint alleging that the owner discriminated against them when he declined to make a wedding cake for their same-sex “marriage.” Aaron Klein, who owns and operates Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery along with his wife in Gresham, Ore., said he received notice of the complaint last week from the Oregon Department of Justice. The complaint stems from an incident which occurred Jan. 17, when a woman came in with her mother to test wedding cakes.
Comments: Here´s just another example that we no longer live in a free country. This is what happens when leftists and anti-discrimination laws go out of control.
Manning said that while Oregon does not sanction same-sex marriage, it is against Oregon law for “a public accommodation” to refuse to do business with a customer on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
Has this law ever been tested before the courts? I would think it would violate the freedom of association provision of the Bill of Rights.
This reminds me of the 1960s, when private owners of restaurants refused to serve colored patrons. The private owner´s rules for his business were declared unconstitutional, and he had to serve all. I imagine this bakery business will be treated similarly.
I would sell a wedding cake the same as selling donuts, why make a stand where you don´t need to make one? Don´t run a bakery if you have to worry about what kind of customer you´re selling to. Read I Corinthians 8 - 11. To refuse a customer based on his/her belief system is legalism.
I fully support this gentleman.God bless him for sticking to his beliefs. I´m with #4, why didn´t those scissor sisters just go to another bakery? Im sure Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland would be thrilled to bake a lesbian cake... And they would put bacon on it,too! Why are lesbians always so angry?
So just make them an ugly, tasteless, cake and wish them the best of luck. If an artists, and cake decorators are artists, heart isn´t in the project it will not turn out well. Besides you know that someone who would go to court over this wasn´t going to pay for the cake anyway. They would have found something to be dissatisfied with, and the baker would have had to eat the cost.
I can´t believe how nasty some of these posts are. People here are advocating purposely sabotaging their wedding just because they are PREJUDICED against these women who are different than themselves. Yes, prejudiced..negatively, i.e. bigoted.
I suppose then it is alright if an atheist intentionally put extra salt or somehow sabotaged a Christian wedding cake, right? Or charged them 3 times what they would charge someone else? Or maybe refuse service to conservatives...what do you think? Listen to yourselves. Yes, my first reaction was "whatever happened to right to refuse service"?...but then I thought about it and realized that this had much larger implications. I don´t want to go back to the days of segregation and overt bigotry--especially knowing how the leftist have become so intent on wiping our conservatives. We will be the ones suffering in the end.
If an atheist didn´t want to serve a Christian, the Christian would not raise a fuss or sue. The Christian would just find someone else to buy the cake from. The nasty comments are against this woman trying to force someone to cater to her even though they have a religious reason not to. She is the nasty one. She deserves the negative comments.
Pay attention to the real point here, folks. If you don´t think same-sex attraction is just fine and dandy, you´re (CAPS ON) PREJUDICED! (caps off). Morality is so, you know, bigoted. And SSA is just the same as skin color. And you black people who find that offensive, well, you´re PREJUDICED! too.
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