Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Oregon Baker and the Lesbian Bride

From my article on

The wedding cake is one of the most central parts of the wedding celebration, along with the wedding dress, the flowers, and the venue. The modern wedding cake originated in medieval England, where the cake was in several layers, and if the couple could kiss over the top of it, they were guaranteed a happy and prosperous life together. One of the first acts that a couple does together is cut the cake, followed by the happy “stuffing” of the first piece of cake into each other’s mouth. And often the top of the cake is saved and frozen, taken out of the freezer the year later to remind the couple of all that they had promised.
So imagine the shock and surprise felt by a young bride-to-be, a lesbian, who went into Sweet Cakes Bakery in Gresham, Oregon (just outside of Portland proper) to buy a wedding cake, and was denied. Aaron Klein — who admits he gladly serves LGBTQ customers without batting an eye — refused to make the young bride-to-be a wedding cake. Why? Because she’s a lesbian, and that is against his religious beliefs: “I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” Klein is quoted as saying. “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.”

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