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

Marriage Duel

Here’s what you need to know about the competing approaches to legalizing gay marriage.


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A lawsuit was not part of the plan.  In the national strategy to legalize same-sex marriage, liberal Oregon had been earmarked as a state that could be counted on to overturn a constituti   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Gresham Cake Bakery That Refused Service to Gays Has Closed

Sweet Cakes by Melissa owner will bake from home

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Food & Drink
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham cake shop that made headlines in February by refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, closed its storefront this weekend. An Aug. 30 entry on Sweet Cakes' Facebook page says, "This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery. [sic] I will post our new number soon. Email will stay the same melissa@sweetcakesweb.com."The ...   More
 
Sunday, September 1, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Cake Wars

Who among us is righteous enough to eat of the sacred buttercream Bible-beating Oregon bakers have denied gays?


Food Reviews & Stories
Sugar, flour, eggs and water are now munitions in America’s culture war. Or so you’d think from two Oregon bakeries that recently refused to make cakes for same-sex weddings, getting national    More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

At Portland’s Catholic University, Students Challenge President on Gay Rights

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When the University of Portland president gives his annual fireside chat he's looking for conversation, not controversy. But when president Fr. William Beauchamp spoke on Monday, Feb. 18, he—perhaps accidentally—ignited a gay rights fight on the Catholic campus.I'm a senior at UP, and this is the most charged I've ever seen campus.The battle centers on UP’s nondiscrimination policy, which does ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Sorry, Bachelorettes: No More Penis Hats at CC Slaughters

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Food & Drink
Portland gay bar CC Slaughters has decided where it stands on the issue of banning bachelorette parties. The new policy is this: it's fine to be a bachelorette. Just don't throw it in our faces.Gay bars in May heard renewed calls from clientele to ban bachelorette parties after popular West Hollywood bar the Abbey announced its ban in the name of marriage equality. CC Slaughters, arguably the most ...   More
 
Friday, August 17, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Local Publisher Set to Unveil New LGBTQ Magazine

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Melanie Davis, owner and publisher of El Hispanic News, has announced she will start an LGBTQ-focused monthly magazine just weeks after Just Out, Portland’s gay community magazine since 1983 closed its doors in December.According to the magazine’s website, it will be called PQ Monthly and will put out the first issue Feb. 16. (Blogger and former WW "Queer Window" columnist Byron Beck broke the ...   More
 
Monday, January 16, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Exposed: The "Agenda" by Gays and Lesbians for Marriage Rights

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If you're a believer in the existence of a conspiracy that is using marriage rights for same-sex couples to advance an "insidious" agenda, you'd better spend the next 90 seconds watching this new video from Freedom to Marry. The video from an organization devoted to marriage rights nationwide provides clear evidence of the "roadmap to victory" that includes Oregon and other states where gays and lesbians ...   More
 
Thursday, April 7, 2011 HANK STERN

The Seven-Year Itch

Same-sex marriages from 2004 celebrated. A ballot measure to restore same-sex marriage rights? Not so fast.


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Last weekend, First Unitarian Church of Portland marked the seventh anniversary of the brief moment in 2004 when Multnomah County    More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 AILIN DARLING

George Takei Beaming in to Portland

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George Takei, who since his days as "Mr. Sulu" on Star Trek in the 1960s, has gone on to become a noted activist for gay rights, is coming to Portland later this month.The 73-year-old Japanese-American actor, who spent part of his childhood in internment camps in the United States, will speak at a Feb. 20 event sponsored by the Portland Japanese American Citizens League. The event, "Fighting ...   More
 
Friday, February 4, 2011 HANK STERN

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