While Sweet Cakes by Melissa is not closing up shop completely, on August 30 owners Aaron and Melissa Klein posted a note on the bakery's Facebook page informing customers and friends that they would be closing their retail store and doing business from a bakery in their home.
While the couple did not explain why, at the bottom of the move is the Kleins' decision last January to decline the business of a pair of homosexual women who planned to marry and wanted the bakery to produce a cake for them. The Kleins' refusal prompted the women to file a discrimination complaint against the business with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
After the story made the papers and TV news, the bakery began to be inundated with harassment from homosexual activists enraged that the Kleins would place their faith above the state's anti-discrimination statute. Aaron Klein told Fox News that in addition to boycotting their business, some individuals even took to sending threatening messages against the couple and their three children.
Aaron Klein pointed out that, like the majority of practicing Christians, he and Melissa hold no animosity toward homosexuals. He told Fox News that their refusal boils down to their faith in God. “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”
On the bakery's website, the Kleins emphasize their commitment to traditional marriage, explaining that they believe that “when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives.” They added that “we feel truly honored when we are chosen to do the cake for your special day.”
While the initial boycott and harassment did little to impact the bakery's overall business, the homosexual lobby then began to target other wedding businesses in the area, threatening to boycott florists, photographers, wedding planners, and other vendors who continued to work with Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
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