September 4, 2013 | by Phil Reese
Bakery that refused lesbian patrons closes
Cupcakes, gay news, Washington Blade

The Oregon bakery that turned away a lesbian couple in January is closing its shop and moving operations into the owners’ home. (Washington Blade Photo by Michael Key)

GRESHAM, Ore. — Though Sweet Cakes by Melissa says they are not going out of business completely, the Oregon bakery that turned away a lesbian couple in January is closing its shop and moving operations into the owners’ home.

After citing religious reasons to turn away Rachel Cryer and her fiancé Laurel Bowman of Portland — allegedly calling the couple an abomination, according to SheWired.com — owner Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron say that their business began to suffer, and the shop attracted protests, legal complaints, and media attention that the owners were not prepared for.

Aaron Klein told the Oregonian that the couple would sell other cakes to any customer regardless of sexual orientation, but that the business would not bake cakes to be used in same-sex marriages. The action, however, may violate state law, which bars discrimination in public accommodation, based on sexual orientation. The state is currently reviewing Cryer and Bowman’s complaint.

Meanwhile, Cryer and Bowman accepted a free cake from Food Network’s Ace of Cakes star chef Duff Goldman for their wedding, after their story made national news.

 

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