Updated February 25, 2014 Published February 25, 2014
LET THEM EAT CAKE: Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham bakery that in February 2013 famously refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, recently wrote on the bakeryâs Facebook page that it had refused service to other gay customers, who âunderstood and went to another bakery.â âJust because I have a public business does not mean I should have to set aside my morals, beliefs and convictions,â the comment read. The post was later updated with a claim that the bakery has made non-wedding cakes for gay clients: âWe have had gay people order other occasion cakes and have served them happily.â Last month, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found âsubstantial evidenceâ that Sweet Cakes by Melissa unlawfully refused service to the lesbian couple. The bakery maintained that being forced to make wedding cakes for gays and lesbians impinged on its religious freedom, despite an Oregon statute forbidding discrimination against gays. The bakery closed its storefront in August, but it still sells baked goods from the home of owners Aaron and Melissa Klein.