Sponsored by Forest Grove Economic Development
Home Must Reads Gresham bakery accused of gay discrimination

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

The Scott Kveton affair

News
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
ScottKvetonBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.


Read more...

Community colleges and sustainability

Contributed Blogs
Thursday, July 31, 2014
sustainabilityBY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.


Read more...

South Waterfront's revenge

News
Thursday, July 24, 2014
MoodyAveBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Remember the naysayers?  Those who called the South Waterfront aerial tram a boondoggle?  Those who rejoiced at the massive sell off of luxury condos at the John Ross and Atwater Place?


Read more...

The business of running a food cart

News
Thursday, June 05, 2014
OBM1BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER

What does it take to launch and run one of these mobile food businesses?  


Read more...

Attack of the Robin Sages

Contributed Blogs
Monday, July 07, 2014
070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


Read more...

Creating a culture of compliance

Business tips
Thursday, June 19, 2014
DataBY MONICA ENAND | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Nine tips for building habits among employees to respond when needed.


Read more...

Oregon Business wins awards

News
Monday, June 30, 2014

ASBPEOregon Business magazine won two silver awards for excellence in writing in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors Western region competition.


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