State Investigation: Oregon Baker Unlawfully Discriminated Against Gay Couple


Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding, were protested heavily, and closed up shop late last year after being the target of a state investigation, have been found guilty by that investigation of unlawfully discrimination, The Oregonian reports.

The state will now oversee a conciliation process between the two parties to see if a settlement can be reached. If not, the labor bureau may pursue charges before an administrative law judge…

…Herbert Grey, the Beaverton attorney representing bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein, said the investigation’s outcome was expected. He said the Kleins will participate in the conciliation process, but are maintaining their original stance.

The Kleins have contended they weren't discriminating against the couple, who were customers in the past. Instead, they say they were practicing their Constitutional right to religious freedom. They have said baking a cake for a same-sex wedding would violate their Christian beliefs.

CakeThe couple asked for prayers from supporters on their Facebook page following the decision, writing:

To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and I, I want to say thank you. I know that your prayers are being heard. I feel such a peace with all of this that is going on. Even though there are days that are hard and times of struggle we still feel that the Lord is in this. It is His fight and our situation is in His hands. We received papers from BOLI yesterday and they have made their decision that we have apparently discriminated. From what we have gathered we now have to wait to find out what the fines will be within 60 days. I can't say much more but will update when I'm able to. Please continue to pray for our family. God is great, amazing and all powerful. I know He has a plan 


  1. says

    They’re realllllllllyyyyyyyy desperate with their excuses. Yeah. The Lord totes has a planz for a couple that bake cakes. Cakes4Jeebus. Right.

    They have ‘religious freedom’ to not bake a cake, eh? Does that mean a Christian can not sell condoms to someone, because selling them condoms “infringes on their religion” Could a kosher-observing person refuse to sell a Gentile pork products?

    Keep praying, folks. Keep on praying.

  2. HadenoughBS says

    Jesus said no sweet cakes for same sex weddings, right? Isn’t that in the Bible – the New Testament? C’mon, you’re quoting scripture to support your anti-gay position, correct? No?? Then it’s NOT a Christian belief but just blatant homophobic bigotry, you f**k wads!

  3. Gregory in Seattle says

    @Little Kiwi – For years, some pharmacists have insisted on a “religious right” not to dispense emergency contraception. I’m still waiting for the lawsuit by Christian Science paramedics, who insist on a “religious right” to pray over accident victims rather than use medicine, and the Jehovah’s Witness emergency room tech who insists on a “religious right” not to give blood transfusions.

    Or for that matter, shop owners who claim a “religious right” not to serve people of different races or religions.

  4. 1♥ says

    RE:”It is His fight and our situation is in His hands.” and “God is great, amazing and all powerful. I know He has a plan”

    So they are blind to His plan for them to stop hating.

  5. johnny says

    Again, this time with more feeling:

    It’s a FREAKING cake!

    It’s not a gay cake, you don’t have to go to the wedding, there isn’t pictures of gay sex on the cake, you don’t have to even approve of anything gay.

    You only needed to bake the damn cake, take their money and move on!

    The stupid, it burns.

  6. johnny says

    Imagine this in the same light as the tux shop, the photographer, the people who make the buttons on the shirts, the people who sell the beverages being served, the people doing the flowers, etc… it goes on and on.

    Imagine all of these people refusing to sell their wares to this gay couple getting married on the grounds that they “don’t condone gay marriage”.

    It’s insane!!!

  7. Chris says

    Again….nowhere does the Bible condemn bakin a cake for a same sex couple. I would understand if the couple were asking them to engage in homosexual intercourse and the bakers objected. But that’s not they were asking them to do.

    Just a couple of bigots hiding behind the Bible.

  8. David in the O.C. says

    Just posted this on their Facebook page:

    I guarantee that you’ve made wedding cakes for straight “sinners” — since you obviously don’t delve into the private lives of your customers. So why are using the Bible to singling out gay people? I’ve also been told that all “sins” are equal. So I’m sure you’d refuse to make a wedding cake for a gluttonous straight couple, right?

  9. garryo says

    Plan, shman… you know what these self-righteous bigots are up to now: All those prayers they’re seeking from the holy head-bobbers are code for “we are the victims, help us and our divine cause–send a check.” Just wait a few weeks and watch.

    Nasty little haters…so predictable

  10. MikeBoston says

    Someone should have told them that the cake is served at the reception. It is just a big party after the wedding which may or may not have been a religious ceremony. They weren’t asked to sign the wedding certificate, stand up for the couple at the ceremony, or even set foot in a church. They were asked to bake a cake for a frigging party – and they said no.

    The stupid, it burns.

    Or in this case, it closes the business and it incurs fines.

    Karma may be a bee-atch but she’s an entertaining bee-atch.

  11. jamal49 says

    Lord, I pray that you help America rid itself of this christian evangelical effluvia, this christian fundamentalist filth, and restore sanity to our great nation.

  12. Bernie says

    ah, yeah God has a plan for you that to remain a public business/accommodation, you MUST serve all and this is not a free speech issue or religious issue….it is a business issue only!

  13. Mark says

    Wow. Isn’t it amazing what a little Google will dig up. They’ve got some sinful skeletons in their own closet. Before now, I didn’t know a church goer could have so much sin, but I guess in their case it’s okay.

    For all of their sanctimony and grandstanding about their supposed “religious beliefs” they – themselves – meaning the both of them – are far from without past sins.

    Wouldn’t it be coincidental if some of their past creditors [oh yes, they have those, too] happened to be gay? Wouldn’t it be coincidental if someone on the investigation panel was gay?

    My my my, the can of worms is open and they are crawling around everywhere. Enjoy your “religious beliefs” and you might even want to call that thing you call a church to ask for financial assistance when the wrecking ball shows up on your doorstep.

    I’m sure they’ll be there for ya, with their open checkbook.

    Good Lord, you two are a train wreck.

  14. woodroad34d says

    They should call themselves the Duck Dynasty Donut Shop or the Phelps Pastry Parlor from the looks of the husband and wife. Apparently not enough people prayed for them. And, then again, the misinterpretation of Freedom of Speech. Time to live in society and stop making excuses. There IS a cure for anti-socialism.

  15. Lane says

    I say most people will not go where or do business where they are not wanted. I say they pay a fine and have to have it advertised prominently online and on their doors they have religious abjection to severing people who are gay. That way everyone knows they are bigots and will not shop there.

  16. Akula says

    I will totally support them when I see the paper work that EVERYONE that wants a cake from these people have to fill out. You know the one that says “please list any potential sins so we won’t violate our religious beliefs buy baking something for you”. I’m sure they would have to keeps those on file for at least 7 years. We can then see how many of them have “DENIED” stamped on them. If not then oh well no luck for you pick and choose christians!!

  17. Art says

    Christians… The Romans needed to buy some more lions for their arenas. Too many survived and the breed like lemmings.

    There is NO WAY I can feel sorry for them being forced to quit discriminating, considering how many non-Christians and REAL Christians have been murdered by these terrorists in the last 2,000 years.

  18. NotSafeForWork says

    As usual, too blinded by their faith to consider the plan they are sure God has in store for them isn’t their plan, but perhaps the one already in play. God is trying to tell you something- you’re bigots and need to get over yourselves. Are you listening?

  19. Bill says

    @Mark : in Christian theology, it is OK to have lots of sinful skeletons in the closet as long as you “repent” by groveling profusely and praising Jesus. Past skeletons are OK. If they are adding new ones on a regular basis, that might raise a few eyebrows.

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