A lesbian couple in Gresham, Oregon got a taste of religious bigotry when they tried to purchase a cake from "Sweet Cakes by Melissa",Â—an establishment owned by someone not named Melissa. Aaron Klein is the owner of the cake bakery and he says that he and his wife won't bake cakes for same sex unions. That's what he told the two brides who requested a confection for their blissful event.
"I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by god," said the owner of "Sweet Cakes by Melissa," showing his poor business sense.
In case you aren't aware, Gresham is in a blue stateÂ—OregonÂ—which may not have legal gay marriage (yet), but is home to many in the LGBT community. And maybe you haven't heard, but fabulous desserts are usually a hit with members of the gay communityÂ—hell, any community to be honest. So it's extremely poor business sense to refuse service to someone simply because you disagree with what they choose to do in their bedroom.
Here's something that Aaron Klein should be made aware: discrimination of this nature is not protected and he'd be lucky if he doesn't get sued so badly that he has to close his little cake hut. There are names for people like this bakery owner, and they've been applied to many like him throughout history. He's no better than the shop owners who refused to serve blacks back before their civil rights movement.
Chelsea Hoffman is a candidly opinionated crime analyst with a lifelong interest in criminology and activism. She also owns 'Girl Nerdology' and is the author of several fiction stories. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealChelseaH or email her privately through Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case.