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Another Oregon Baker Denies Baking Wedding Cake for Gay Couple: VIDEO

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Back in February, Sweet Cakes, a Gresham, Oregon bakery found itself the target of protest after it said it would not bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding. The Oregon Labor Bureau is reportedly still investigating.

Now Fleur Cakes, a baker in Mt. Hood, Oregon, has denied a wedding cake request from a couple for the same reason. Erin Hanson and Katie Pugh (pictured above) thought they had found the perfect baker.

Not so, KOMO News reports:

"I mentioned Erin in passing, and said a 'she' in passing too, in the email. A few days later she called back and that was today. And called and verified it was a same-sex wedding," Pugh said.

And that's when Fleur Cakes said it wouldn't bake the cake.

The business is also Regentin's house. She was out of town but spoke to KATU News on the phone.

When asked if she was aware it's illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation for a business that serves the public, Regentin said: "I believe I have the liberty to live by my principles."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And, if you're interested, here is Fleur Cakes' Facebook page.

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  1. "I believe I have the liberty to live by my principles."

    Fun fact, also said in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957

    Posted by: unruly | May 15, 2013 12:14:56 PM


  2. you're right. you're a country divided by bigotry, prejudice and intolerance where intellectually-stunted plebes give excuses to be bigots rather than make the great mental leap to compassion and grace.
    kudos!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 15, 2013 12:17:05 PM


  3. We do not live to serve the state.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 15, 2013 12:20:41 PM


  4. no. you live to serve the people whose feathers you're still terrified of ruffling. feel free to grow a pair, one day.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 15, 2013 12:21:39 PM


  5. What gets me is this. Where are the bakers that are willing to make cakes for gay weddings? Why aren't they speaking out? Shouldn't there be some kind of effort to build up a directory of said services? People need to realize that gay marriage is still relatively new; and the system can't just adjust overnight. This is an opportunity for these buisnesses to make their mark; or are they afraid of the bigots showing up to inflict physical and monetary damage to them and their buisness?

    Posted by: EnterTheGecko | May 15, 2013 12:45:53 PM


  6. What gets me is this. Where are the bakers that are willing to make cakes for gay weddings? Why aren't they speaking out? Shouldn't there be some kind of effort to build up a directory of said services? People need to realize that gay marriage is still relatively new; and the system can't just adjust overnight. This is an opportunity for these buisnesses to make their mark; or are they afraid of the bigots showing up to inflict physical and monetary damage to them and their buisness?

    Posted by: EnterTheGecko | May 15, 2013 12:45:55 PM


  7. That lesbian couple is so nasty. Why are lesbians all fat? LOL! Anyway, good for the baker. No reason they should have to bake cake for those 2 cows.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 15, 2013 12:55:19 PM


  8. David Hearne writes "Peter, Lunch counters (and it was not only in the South) DID have the right to refuse to serve blacks or anyone else they didn't want to serve. Do you people have no concept of Freedom of Association and private property?"

    Um.... no. It was legal in the Jim Crow South, but it would certainly not be legal today. We have public accommodation laws. This is quite different from freedom of association, which does not apply to a restaurant, a hotel, or a bakery.

    And nothing to do with private property.

    And nothing to do with communism.

    How much ignorance can one troll display in a short post?

    Posted by: KevinVT | May 15, 2013 1:05:07 PM


  9. stillwater oklahoma

    Posted by: still | May 15, 2013 1:06:52 PM


  10. Freedom of association...it does not mean what you think it means.

    Private property...it also does not mean what you think it means.

    But that's typical of teabaggers. They constantly use doublespeak to give words new meanings.

    Posted by: Steve | May 15, 2013 1:22:28 PM


  11. I believe the proprietor has every right to work according to her personal principles. But planning a wedding is really complicated and time consuming so in order not to waste anyone's time should we suggest she put a sign on the door saying something like "Hetero Only - we do not serve LGBTQ". That would make it clear to everyone so they don't offend her or waste their own energy.

    Posted by: Petrichor | May 15, 2013 1:31:25 PM


  12. Fleur cakes can be contacted at fleurcakes@gmail.com

    Posted by: Opinionated | May 15, 2013 1:53:06 PM


  13. Petrichor - I agree. The law should respect everyone's right to freedom of association, everyone's right to work only for people he chooses, and everyone's right to open his property only to those he chooses. Howbeit I have no problem with a requirement that any discriminatory policy must be posted on the door or front window of a store.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 15, 2013 1:55:40 PM


  14. KevinVT- You saying it does not make it so. We are talking about the private property of the business owner. We are talking about his right to work for those he chooses. We are talking about his right to associate only with those he chooses. You merely want to trample those rights and definitions because you think it serves your communist philosophy.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 15, 2013 2:00:32 PM


  15. fleurcakes@gmail.com

    Posted by: Cliff | May 15, 2013 2:07:04 PM


  16. do they refuse to bake cakes for Jewish weddings? how about Atheist weddings?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 15, 2013 2:16:41 PM


  17. David Hearne: Please stop trolling, you are not inteligent enought to make your arguments less laughable

    Posted by: jjose712 | May 15, 2013 2:20:56 PM


  18. Little Kiwi, who are you to attack these women based on their appearance? You are a horrible person. Sexism and misogyny are obvious in almost every one of your comments. You should worry less about the size of these lovely women and more about growing hair on that balding head of yours.

    Posted by: Suzanne | May 15, 2013 2:36:08 PM


  19. Suzanne, everyone knows that there is someone on this site who posts under Kiwi's name to make him look bad. You can always tell its the imposter when "Kiwi" says homophobic things. The real Little Kiwi would have a hard time criticizing two lesbians for anything - he's fiercely protective of everyone in the LGBT community except closeted people and gay Republicans. No way he'd side with the baker here.

    Posted by: Mary | May 15, 2013 2:49:41 PM


  20. @Suzanne: It's pretty obvious that the lesbian-bashing post by LK was from an impostor. Most likely Rick, or one of his multiple personalities like UFFDA.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | May 15, 2013 3:12:45 PM


  21. Their email address is: fleurcakes@gmail.com

    Posted by: Joshua | May 15, 2013 3:18:03 PM


  22. They have taken down their Facebook page as it received many many comments. They tried to delete many of the comments but couldn't keep up. I am sure they will claim to be the victims in all this.

    Posted by: Mark | May 15, 2013 3:19:48 PM


  23. Sue 'em and hurt 'em bad. These bigots need to be squashed.

    Posted by: Jim | May 15, 2013 3:27:33 PM


  24. Yes, Mark, that is exactly what will happen. Now a Christian baker gets sympathy because he had to take down his Facebook page due to being "hounded" by gay commenters. Episodes like this only breed hostility. Let's not forget that these bakers, even if they are genuine homophobes (as opposed to simply SSM opponents) have family and friends who care about them and will very likely share in the hostility.

    People always ask "How will gay marriage effect you personally?" Now they have their answer. There will be some people who will have to give up their business
    due to situations like this.

    Is the PR cost worth it? I'm judging the situation strictly in terms of the pragmatic results for the gay community and not due to any concern for the feelings of the bakery owners themselves.

    Posted by: Mary | May 15, 2013 3:35:14 PM


  25. They took down their Facebook page but they're on Twitter.

    https://twitter.com/FleurCakes

    Posted by: Sick of Bigots | May 15, 2013 3:44:42 PM


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