GRESHAM, OR – The Oregon Department of Justice is looking into a complaint that a Gresham bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex marriage.
It started on Jan. 17 when a mother and daughter showed up at Sweet Cakes by Melissa looking for the perfect wedding cake.
“My first question is what’s the wedding date,” said owner Aaron Klein. “My next question is bride and groom’s name … the girl giggled a little bit and said it’s two brides.”
Klein apologized to the women and told them he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages. Klein said the women were disgusted and walked out.
“I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” said Klein. “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.”
At the advice of their attorney, the women are not speaking to the media, but they have plenty of support. Numerous people have blasted the Klein’s on the internet.
What Klein wants to make clear is that he and his wife do not hate homosexuals.
“They can buy my stuff,” said Klein. “I’ll sell them stuff … I’ll talk to them, it’s fine.”
What is not fine, according to Klein, is a marriage between people of the same sex. He will always stand by that conviction.
“I’d rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in then to see him bow down because one person complained.”
ORS 659A.403 is the law in question. In short, it prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation. Klein and his wife have two weeks to respond to the Oregon Department of Justice’s inquiry into what happened.
This man is doing what a lot of us do not have the courage to do and that is to stand up for their faith and beliefs! The State of Oregon needs to understand that if they try to go after this man because of his religious beliefs that they could be considered violating his Constitutional Rights to freedom of religion. He has stated that he would welcome them to his bakery and serve them bakery goods and without any issues because of who they are, however, what he won’t do is be part of an “unholy” union of two people and he would be part of it by providing them with a wedding cake from his bakery.
I commend this man for having the courage to stand up for what he believes in and he believes that marriage is a holy sacrament between a man and a woman, not two women and not two men.
Some people on the Internet have tried to use the Bible against him, by saying we’re suppose to love everyone and calling this courageous man a hypocrite. The problem is, these people don’t see the true message behind the words of Jesus, they only take them and twist them to suit their own purpose. Yes, Jesus tells us to love everyone, however, in doing so, we’re not to love the sin, we are to love the person but hate the sin and the Bible adamantly states that a man who lies down with another man (women too) is an abomination to God.
Same sex marriages takes something holy and makes a mockery of it.
We all should have the same courage that this man has and stand up for our beliefs and faith when it’s challenged.
As for those two women who filed a complaint against this bakery owner, they should have just shrugged it off and gone somewhere else instead of trying to make a federal case out of it. There are plenty of bakeries in the Portland/Gresham area trust me!!