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Bigoted Oregon Bakery Closes Shop, Moves 'In-Home': VIDEO


Sweet Cakes, the Oregon bakery which refused to bake a cake after they found out it was for a lesbian's wedding and has been the target of protests and an investigation by the state Bureau of Labor, has closed its doors, KOIN reports:

According to the “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” Facebook page, “This will be our last weekend at the shop; we are moving our business to an in-home bakery…”

On Aug. 14, Oregon’s state Bureau of Labor and Industries reported its investigation to determine if Sweet Cakes’ actions violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which states that people cannot be denied service based on sexual orientation. The law provides an exemption for schools and religious groups, but not for private businesses, according to a BOLI news release.

Watch a news report on the closing, AFTER THE JUMP...

The baker affixed this sign to its door: “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart. ♥”

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  1. Why are they talking about practicing their faith? That had nothing to do with it; as follow-ups with the bakery revealed, they were happy to provide cakes for Atheist events, for a divorce, for many
    "non-Jesus" affairs. They only had a crisis of faith when gays became involved. So, no. You've not had your practicing of your faith attacked - you ran afoul of anti-discrimination laws because you were discriminating against people. Your problem was your inability to properly run a business. This is evident to everyone with a brain.

    Posted by: Harry | Sep 2, 2013 7:55:39 PM

  2. Worship in private and obey the bigoted fools.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 2, 2013 7:59:41 PM

  3. Newsflash: God loves us all, not just bigoted egotistical bakers.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 2, 2013 8:02:14 PM

  4. They're just monkies, who've learned how to make cakes--but their brains can't fathom anything else. They hide behind religion--old testament religion, mind you; which makes them Jewish actually and not Christian at all. BTW, they are allowed to practice their faith, but when they have a public business that faith stops when they open their doors. They're so ignorant, I wonder if they even know how to brush their teeth.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Sep 2, 2013 8:07:05 PM

  5. Better hope God puts HIS money where YOUR mouth is and buys some of what your selling.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 2, 2013 8:13:41 PM

  6. Haha! Your god has spoken!
    Got no sympathy for bigoted assholes!

    Posted by: Mmike1969 | Sep 2, 2013 8:13:44 PM

  7. What if I hated sinful cake bakers? Would I have to allow them to buy gas at my gas station? Or can I say they disgust me and I cannot sell them gas, like in a real free country.

    Posted by: trees | Sep 2, 2013 8:21:38 PM

  8. they may never understand why they're wrong. if they'd refused all "sinners", according to their "faith", they'd have had zero customers.

    they ran into trouble when they started picking and choosing which "sinners" they wanted to serve, and which ones they didn't. that's called discrimination, has nothing to do with any "religion", and thank goodness, it's against the law in their town.

    they shouldn't be in business with the public based on their attitude, so the law worked, and protected everyone from their hypocrisy and bigotry. they still can practice whatever religion they choose. they've simply been stopped from forcing any beliefs on anyone else.

    Posted by: northalabama | Sep 2, 2013 8:23:30 PM

  9. Another one bites the dust.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 2, 2013 8:27:20 PM

  10. Well, there you go. They get to feel persecuted.

    Somebody should tell them that WE used to do that, too; isolate ourselves and hide.

    Posted by: Pookie | Sep 2, 2013 8:29:20 PM

  11. I think the bible mentions the gay like once... but there is verse after verse after verse dealing with menstration. God seems to have a lot more ick when it comes to Aunt Flo than the gay.

    IIRC if she baked when its was her monthly visit we have to stone her and burn the bakery.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 2, 2013 8:37:44 PM

  12. Hopefully, someone checks the zoning regs for operating a home business.

    Posted by: Marq | Sep 2, 2013 8:41:02 PM

  13. Once again the Gaystapo goose steps over sanity. Gay Marriage is oxymoronic and only a moron could support it.

    Posted by: jim | Sep 2, 2013 8:47:23 PM

  14. "Well, there you go. They get to feel persecuted.
    Somebody should tell them that WE used to do that, too; isolate ourselves and hide."

    And now you've become the ones who persecute others. That's how the human rights victory truly feels -- you can impose your will on those who disagree with you and be proud of youself.

    Posted by: AG | Sep 2, 2013 8:48:23 PM

  15. I don't know if anyone else noticed, but I just saw the woman who brought out the cupcakes put them on the counter, then wipe her hands on her pants before picking the cupcakes up again and putting them in a box. This comes toward the end of the clip. I watched it three times just to make sure. Maybe the health department should look at this bakery as well.

    Posted by: john patrick | Sep 2, 2013 8:51:20 PM

  16. What happened to democracy?.....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Sep 2, 2013 8:56:19 PM

  17. Who are the buffoons on here that can't comprehend the gist of antidiscrimination laws?

    Cry me a friggin river.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 2, 2013 9:01:11 PM

  18. AG, come after us, we're going to come right back after you. And since you and those of your ilk cannot help but come after us....get used to losing many more battles. Maybe you'll win some battles too. But if you think we're going to just lay down and take the discrimination at this point, absolutely not.

    You all wanted the fight. You picked at us, and picked at us, and picked at us. Only so long you can do that before you get bitten.

    As for the Klein's, they'll probably make more money operating in-house than they would operating in the shop they closed. I read their sales exploded after the initial press regarding their discrimination became public, but then people got scared off from going to their shop. They're bigots, but 58% of Americans believe it's OK for people to discrimination on religious grounds based on a SPLC poll, so we have a lot of work to do on educating people as to why such discrimination is not OK.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 2, 2013 9:06:10 PM

  19. Is moving "in-home" supposed to exempt them from the law? I would hope the law doesn't care if business owners happen to live at the same location as their business. As long as they sell goods and services to the general public, the law should apply.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 2, 2013 9:06:20 PM

  20. @ANKERICH: "What happened to democracy?....."

    It finally embraced gay people. What happened to "do unto others?"

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 2, 2013 9:12:59 PM

  21. "Once again the Gaystapo goose steps over sanity. Gay Marriage is oxymoronic and only a moron could support it."

    Well, every time you visit this site, you increase the number of hits which in turns increases the revenue to the site's owner who, of course, supports marriage equality.

    And if only morons could support same-sex marriage then you, my friend, are a moron.

    But thanks for the extra money in our coffers.

    Posted by: JoshLondon | Sep 2, 2013 9:14:07 PM

  22. HA! HA!

    Posted by: daws | Sep 2, 2013 9:26:23 PM

  23. They want to discriminate against gays getting married but don't discriminate against pedophile priests or dogs getting married. Christianity leads to pedophilia and beastiality.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 2, 2013 9:28:21 PM

  24. Buh Bye

    Posted by: Bubba | Sep 2, 2013 9:34:58 PM

  25. Would one reporter please ask them what Jesus had to say about homosexuals?

    Hint: There is no place in the new testament of the bible where homosexuality is addressed by Jesus.

    Posted by: bkmn | Sep 2, 2013 9:37:02 PM

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