Never Say Never Say Die Again


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GOONIES HOUSE BROKEN: Never say “never say die” again. Astoria’s famous Goonies House is closed to the public. After more than a decade of allowing up to 1,500 visitors a day to make pilgrimages   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Bakers Who Refused Lesbian Couple a Wedding Cake Now Sending Cakes to LGBTQ Organizations

"We really do love you," say the cakes.

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The Gresham couple who refused to make a wedding cake for a Portland lesbian couple is now sending cakes to LGBT organizations.On the cakes? "We really do love you."This is a somewhat different message than Aaron Klein sent when Laurel Bowman-Cryer asked for a wedding cake, and he allegedly quoted Leviticus: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”Or, when ...   More
 
Thursday, August 20, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.


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Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in 2011 when she went looking for a wedding cake to celebrate her mother’s remarriage. The $250 raspberry fa   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gresham Bakery Must Pay $135,000 for Discriminating Against Lesbian Couple

"This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation."

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Well, it's officially official.According to the final ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa broke state law when it refused to serve a cake to a lesbian couple in February 2013, and owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must pay $135,000 to the victims of their discrimination.  In a strongly worded final order, BOLI writes:“This case is not about ...   More
 
Thursday, July 2, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Discriminated Unlawfully Against Lesbian Couple, Says Interim Order

The bakery will have a hearing to determine damages in March.

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Food & Drink
The gears of justice grind slowly. But administrative law judge Alan McCullough made an interim determination that Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated unlawfully when they refused to serve a lesbian couple in January 2013.Sweet Cakes owner Aaron Klein denied a wedding cake to the couple in January 2013, after learning that the cake would be eaten at a same-sex wedding. ...   More
 
Monday, February 2, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Scoop: Two Stars? How Is That Good?!


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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 bakery’s Facebook page t   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Writes About Previously Refusing Service to Gays

Says that the others "understood and went to another bakery."

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Food & Drink
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham bakery that in February of 2013 famously refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, recently wrote on its Facebook page that it also refused service to other "gay people" in the past. Last month, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry found "substantial evidence" that the bakery unlawfully refused service to the lesbian couple. The bakery maintained ...   More
 
Monday, February 24, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

State of Oregon Finds Substantial Evidence Gresham Bakers Discriminated Illegally

Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013.

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The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says in a press release today that it found "substantial evidence" that Sweet Cakes by Melissa committed unlawful discrimination when it refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013. The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 made it illegal in the state of Oregon for a public business to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The ...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sweet Cakes, Strong Takes

A selection of emails sent to Oregon's “Stalin,” “Klan,” “Nazi” and/or “Commie” Officials regarding Gresham’s Sweet Cakes By Melissa

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Food & Drink
Last week, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industry found “substantial evidence” that Gresham’s Sweet Cakes By Melissa discriminated against a lesbian couple last February by refusing to make them a wedding cake. Aaron and Melissa Klein will now go through a mediation process which, if unsuccessful, may result in formal charges of discrimination. The bakery, which was forced from its storefront ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 by Martin Cizmar

Gresham Cake Bakery that Refused Service to Gays Faces New Complaint

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Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham bakery that closed after refusing to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, faces a new state complaint.The complaint, filed Nov. 7 with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and reported by WW news partner KATU, is from the partner of the woman who filed the original complaint.Laurel Bowman-Cryer says that her fiancee, Rachel Cryer, went to the Gresham ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

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