PORTLAND – A same-sex couple, who say they were discriminated against by a Gresham bakery, filed an anti-discrimination complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
In January, Laurel Bowman said Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to sell her a cake after learning it would be for a same-sex wedding.
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BOLI will conduct an investigation to determine if the bakery violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which protects the rights of LGBT Oregonians.
Bowman filed a suit with the justice department in February, which was met by a response from Aaron Klein, the owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, and his attorney Herbert Grey.
In his letter, Grey says the couple "elected not to participate in an event that is not even officially recognized under Oregon law when doing so would violate their constitutionally-protected conscience and religious beliefs."
If BOLI’s investigation finds substantial evidence of discrimination it may bring formal charges if both parties cannot reached a settlement through conciliation.
“We are committed to a fair and thorough investigation to determine whether there’s substantial evidence of unlawful discrimination,” said Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian in a press release Wednesday.