Gresham bakery accused of gay discrimination

| Print |  Email
Must Reads
Monday, February 04, 2013

The state attorney general is investigating a complaint against a Gresham bakery for refusing to make a cake for a wedding between two women.

Aaron Klein, who has owned the Gresham bakery with his wife, Melissa, for about five years, said Friday the business sells pastries and cakes to customers of all sexual orientations. But same-sex marriage goes against their Christian faith, he said, and they’ve turned down requests in the past to bake cakes for those occasions.

“I believe marriage is a religious institution between a man and woman as stated in the Bible,” Klein said. “When someone tells me that their definition is something different, I strongly disagree. I don’t think I should be penalized for that.”

Read more at OregonLive.com.

{biztweet}gresham bakery{/biztweet}

 

Comments   

 
Guest
-1 #1 readerGuest 2013-02-04 20:03:04
Doesn't the Bakery have the right to refuse service to anyone? The gay couple can certainly choose not to frequent the Bakery.
Quote | Report to administrator
 
 
Guest
-2 #2 creepy prejudice bad bakersGuest 2013-02-04 22:12:52
I will never set foot inside their bakery, nor will I recommend them to anyone, gay or straight due to the prejudices and small mindedness of the owners. Maybe applying their limited narrow minded thinking they only sell one vanilla flavor of cake in order to avoid offending others that don't like their flavor choice. Creepy people those owners are.. just awful to think that in today's business environment this couple puts their own prejudices before the needs of the community and consumers. Beware... bad thinking, or mindless at best. I hear their cakes are bad anyways.
Quote | Report to administrator
 
 
Guest
0 #3 No, they don't have right to refuse service.Guest 2013-02-05 22:05:03
They do not have the right to refuse service to anyone (in Oregon) if its based upon a protected classification- -of which being gay is one along with race, etc. So NO you can't be a racist homophobe and deny services to people as you see fit, legally anyway.
Quote | Report to administrator
 
 
Guest
0 #4 RefusalGuest 2013-02-07 20:21:47
Personally, I think that the bakery has the right to refuse to perform work. A contractor would, for instance. The bakery doesn't disallow customers entrance to their store. Remember in December 2008 the Campbells wanted a cake baked for their son and BASED UPON the bakery's opinion, their refusal was upheld. The birthday cake was to be personalized to Adolph Hitler Campbell...
Just as that bakery had the right to be offended and not provide the service, this Oregon bakery has the right to put their values and religious beliefs (freedom to practice their religion) ahead of business. People have the right to "vote with the pocketbook" and not go there.
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Staffing Challenge

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Greg Lambert, president of Mid Oregon Personnel Services.


Read more...

Reader Input: Rx for Health Care

July/August 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We asked readers how Obamacare has impacted their business.


Read more...

5 things to know about veterans in the workforce

The Latest
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
070215-vetsthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

There are more than 10 million former military members working in the United States.


Read more...

Stemming the tide of money in politics

Linda Baker
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
 jeff-lang-2012-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

Jeff Lang and his wife Rae used to dole out campaign checks like candy.  “We were like alcoholics,” Lang says. ”We couldn’t just give a little.”


Read more...

Urban benediction

Linda Baker
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
072215 THUMB Credit-PontificalAcademyofSciencesBY LINDA BAKER

Charlie Hales has long viewed sound urban planning as the route to salvation: social, economic and environmental. This week, the mayor's city design philosophy got the nod of approval from a bona fide spiritual authority, Pope Francis.


Read more...

Photo log: Murray's Pharmacy

The Latest
Friday, July 17, 2015
OBM-Heppner-Kaplan thumbBY JASON KAPLAN

Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner.  The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.


Read more...

The Private 150: From Strength to Strength

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

Revenues in Oregon's private, for profit sector maintained solid growth as the economy continued to rebound.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS