Gresham Bakery Closes Shop Under Controversy
By Jeremy Scott
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The bakery that came under attack for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has shut its doors.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa has been under investigation by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries since the couple filed a discrimination complaint. BOLI is looking into whether the bakery violated the Oregon Equality Act protecting LGBT rights.
Aaron Klein says he refused to bake the cake for Laurel Bowman and her partner in February based on religious grounds. An attorney for the Klein's says gay marriage is not legal in Oregon and it would violate their constitutionally-protected beliefs.
Instead of operating their storefront, the bakery will instead bake custom cakes from home. All that remains is a sign from the Oregon Family Council that reads "Religious freedom is under attack in Gresham."
The bakery saw business increase, but there were constant protesters. Their Facebook page
had a mix of comments with many of the nasty ones removed.