Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Is Guilty Of Violating Couple's Civil Rights

I have posted about homophobic bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, so many times, I might wanna subtitle my blog as “sponsored by Sweet Cakes.”

I first posted about their decision to deny service to a same-sex couple for their wedding back in February [see post HERE] and then of their decision to close up their business, and run it out of their home in September [see post HERE] after an investigation into their discriminatory practices was started by the state of Oregon. I've also written about them HERE and HERE and HERE.

And now we have that ruling: Oregon state labor investigators have determined that Sweet Cakes By Melissa, and owner Aaron and Melissa Klein, did in fact violate the civil rights of a same-sex couple by refusing to bake a cake for the couple’s wedding. Spokesman Charlie Burr said investigators found substantial evidence the bakery unlawfully discriminated against the couple based on their sexual orientation and since Oregon law bans discrimination against LGBT Oregonians in jobs and in places that serve the public, such as restaurants and bakeries, the state will now oversee a conciliation process between the two parties to see if a settlement can be reached. If Sweet Cakes decides not to settle, the labor bureau may pursue charges.

Paul Thompson, the attorney representing Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, says the women are pleased by the ruling, while Herbert Grey, who represents the homophobic bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, says his clients will participate in the conciliation process, but are maintaining their original stance; they feel that they weren’t discriminating against the couple, but were practicing their Constitutional right to religious freedom, which apparently, they feel, allows them to discriminate. The Kleins said baking a cake for a same-sex wedding would violate their Christian beliefs.

Again, as I have said time and again, no one, not Cryer and Bowman, not the LGBT community,  no one was asking the Kleins to condone, support, participate in, officiate at, attend, dance at, buy a gift for, send a card for, a same-sex wedding; they were asked to perform a service they perform for many other people.

And, as I have said time and time again, if you don’t wish to serve the LGBT community in your publicly run business, then please, by all means hang a sign on the door that says you don’t serve The Gays. The Gays and all people who find discrimination disgusting can go elsewhere.

The Kleins took to their Facebook page after the ruling, saying:
“To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and I, I want to say thank you. I know that your prayers are being heard. I feel such a peace with all of this that is going on. Even though there are days that are hard and times of struggle we still feel that the Lord is in this. It is His fight and our situation is in His hands. We received papers from BOLI yesterday and they have made their decision that we have apparently discriminated. From what we have gathered we now have to wait to find out what the fines will be within 60 days. I can't say much more but will update when I'm able to. Please continue to pray for our family. God is great, amazing and all powerful. I know He has a plan.”
Oh, honey, I think God did have a plan and it’s been completed.

See, when you decided that ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’ doesn’t apply to you, that you can deny a same-sex couple service because you judge them to be unworthy, God didn’t like that, and so, well, you lose.

7 comments:

Ron said...

Bob,
The Klein's religiosity blinds them to common sense. The sad fact is that there are many people like this couple who think that their personal religious views justifies their hate and fear. People like this will never change, never. However, there is price to pay for ignorance like this and you're doing the right thing by publicizing the Klein's hypocrisy in not practicing the true Christian tenements which say "Judge not lest ye be judged." Thank you!
Ron

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

If you work in the service industry you service everyone. Period. Been there, did it for 20 years.

I've been thinking . As a customer, I don't want to be refused but I think I'd like people like Melissa to say to me that their may be better choices. If I'm ordering food, I want it made by people who will celebrate my occasion and make it with love - I can't see people who sit in judgement doing this . They might still make a quality product but they won't make it with 'love'. Ditto other services like photography where there is an intrinsic element. Not like a B&B or hall.

the dogs' mother said...

Report from Hometown, WA and the flower shop: nada. Not sure what is happening but it is in the courts. Somewhere.

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Bob Slatten said...

@Sean
Well, at least she's [he's] polite!

anne marie in philly said...

these dopes don't realize that their beliefs are not being called into question, it's their refusal to serve the public. would they do the same to a black couple? an asian couple? a jewish couple?

discrimination is discrimination; either abide by the laws or close up shop for good.