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Sweet Cakes By Melissa Closes After Refusing Lesbian Brides-To-Be

smashed-cakeThe sounds of the smallest violin could be heard playing as Sweet Cakes by Melissa shuttered its doors, apparently for the last time. Apparently, the bakery shut down on 31 August and did not reopen.

Furthermore, on 30 August, Sweet Cakes posted to their Facebook page a statement reading “This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery. I will post our new number soon. Email will stay the same melissa@sweetcakesweb.com.”

The Oregon bakery has been at the center of controversy since it became clear that they had discriminated against a lesbian couple by refusing to bake the couple a wedding cake.

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is blaming the controversy for the shuttering of the shop. Co-owner Aaron Klein cited his religious beliefs as the reason for refusing service to the lesbian brides-to-be at the beginning of the year.

A sign posted on the shop’s front reads “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.”

Melissa Klein, the ‘Melissa’ in Sweet Cakes by Melissa, claims that their refusal to serve the couple was “definitely not discrimination at all.” She said this past August that “We don’t have anything against lesbians or homosexuals. It has to do with our morals and beliefs. It’s so frustrating because we went through all of this in January, when it all came out.”

Her husband Aaron has made the same claim saying that “I think [the state labor commissioner] is going to have decide what’s more important: The Oregon State Constitution, or the statute that was passed in 2007. They dropped the ball by not putting in any exemption for religious beliefs.”

sd1b26_chocolate_cake_lgThey have gotten a bunch of support on Facebook including one comment that reads “I am saddened to hear that you’re closing your shop. It is terrible that you live in the U.S.A. — land where our forefathers fought and died for our freedoms, and you have been criticized and threatened for standing up for what you believe in. You have the right to do that, and I fully support the decisions you have made! Hope things go well for you and your business continues to flourish!”

The problem for the Kleins and their supporters is that the Founders actually objected to the idea of refusing to serve people based upon their religious beliefs. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows for people to use their religious freedoms to discriminate, or forbidding the Government from enforcing rules which require people to serve others in public accommodations even if their religious beliefs are in conflict with doing so.

In fact, so far, every attempt by the Alliance Defending Freedom to push the religious freedom argument has failed spectacularly due to the fact that the Constitution does not guarantee a right to abuse religious freedom to hurt others.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa is going to find that out rather rapidly.

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4 Responses to Sweet Cakes By Melissa Closes After Refusing Lesbian Brides-To-Be

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  2. jesse

    September 4, 2013 at 4:06 am

    The real sad part of this story is that the couple in question couldn’t have just gone down the street to the next bakery instead of making such a fuss about a service refusal. I am all for gay rights, my best friend is gay, and I would never have had a cake made from this business, but when in comes to private property and as a private business, they should determine who they want to be their clientele. If the business didn’t want to serve a white supremacist or a couple who is 40 years apart, or make a death metal related cake for myself, I believe they have every right to. It’s as simple as that. Why would the couple even want them to make their cake in the first place, and surely not after being told they don’t do gay weddings? Choose your battles.

  3. Allen McNulty

    September 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    They are moving “in-home”. Hmmmm…I hope they get hit with a zoning violation, or that the Health Inspector is gay, or they are no longer a corporation (assuming they were to begin with) because a corporation protects the owners if there’s a lawsuit. If they lose a suit, the corporation is hit but it can’t touch the owner’s personal effects…whereas, a sole proprietorship can take away everything you personally own.

    I know that sounds harsh, but their move could cause more harm than good.

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