I’ve written about Sweet Cakes by Melissa before — HERE and HERE — that bakery out in Gresham, Oregon that refused to bake a wedding cake when they found out it was a lesbian wedding. They said it was against their religion, but it was also against the law for them to refuse to bake the cake because Oregon has very clear anti-discrimination laws and one of those groups you cannot discriminate against when you operate a public business is The Gays.
So there were news stories — like the undercover reporter who called Sweet Cakes and requested cakes for, among other things, a Pagan Solstice Party, a Stem-Cell Research Party, a Divorce Celebration, and an Unwed Mother Baby Shower cake: all those folks could get cakes, and Aaron Klein, Sweet Cakes owner, would happily make them, but he refused to bake for The Gays.
Well, now the good news: Sweet Cakes by Melissa is closing their doors.
According to the Sweet Cakes Facebook page they are taking their business out of their storefront and moving it into their home because, well, business if off and they can’t afford their shop any longer.
Again … Yippity-freaking-do.
But the owners of Sweet Cakes are still insisting that they are just good religious folks and they’re the persecuted party because they cannot practice their “bigotry masked as religion” in Oregon without facing investigations and fines from the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.
Well, I got news for you, Sweet Cakes, you aren’t the victim here. You can be as religious as you want, all you want, wherever you want, but you cannot use your religion to deny goods and services from your publicly-operated business to any group, including The Gays.
No one asked you to endorse a same-sex wedding, attend a same-sex wedding, or even buy a gift for a same-sex wedding. You were asked to bake a cake, for which you would have been paid, for a same-sex wedding, and baking a cake is not an endorsement of anything to which your religion finds offense.
It’s baking, for Christ’s sake … pun intended.
So, goodbye Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Take your slowly dying business home, but please be aware that if you are still operating a business in the state of Oregon and still discriminating against The Gays, you are still breaking the law.
Funny though, had you baked the cake you might have found your business increasing and rather than shutting down, you might have been able to expand because The Gays love a good cake.
Especially on their wedding day.