Gresham bakery denies discrimination

Gresham bakery denies discrimination

Gresham bakery denies discrimination

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:46 AM

GRESHAM, Ore. – The attorney for a Gresham couple who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding has responded to accusations of unlawful discrimination.

Aaron Klein, the owner of the "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" bakery, refused to sell the cake to one of the brides-to-be last month because he believes marriage should be only between a man and a woman.

Background: Gresham same-sex cake order stirs debate

Klein’s attorney Herbert Grey sent his response to the Oregon Department of Justice this week.

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."

He also said the Kleins “believe they have served, and still regularly serve, homosexual and lesbian couples.”

Laurel Bowman filed the complaint with the justice department.

In it, she states on Jan. 17, her mother went to the bakery and when Klein learned the cake was for a same-sex marriage, refused to sell it to them. He characterized the couple as "abominations unto the lord." Bowman wrote that her fiance was "reduced to tears."

Grey says in his response that Bowman "was not present for and did not personally observe or participate in any of the discussions that took place."

Click to read Grey's complaint

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