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‘Ace of Cakes’ star offers free wedding cake to rejected Oregon gay couple

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Baltimore pastry chef Duff Goldman, star of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes,” has offered to bake and deliver — free of charge — a wedding cake to the lesbian couple in Oregon who was denied service by a local bakery because they are gay.

Appearing on HuffPost Live, Goldman, the executive chef of Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes, said, “I saw this story and I was like, “Wait — I can do something, there’s injustice involving a cake!”

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The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating a complaint that Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding, a possible violation of an Oregon law that prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation.

Last week, Aaron Klein, owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, said he sells cakes to customers of all sexual orientations, but draws the line, however, at wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

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  1. Duff is awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:18am
  2. now that’s a sweeter reaction by far

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:20am
  3. Way to go Duff!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:20am
  4. I <3 Duff!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:20am
  5. She “draws the line” at same-sex marriage. Keep up the “good fight”, you lousy bigot!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:22am
  6. He is awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:23am
  7. Ace of Cakes… Prince amongst Men AND Chefs! Love this guy!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:23am
  8. Love the Duff Man! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:23am
  9. that was very nice of you mr :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:26am
  10. Classy

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:26am
  11. You go Duff! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:26am
  12. Duff rocks, and Aaron Klein sucks!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:26am
  13. I love Duff & have watched his show since he won a contest on Food Network years ago. :) Thanks for your support to Lesbian/Gay couples. :) <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:27am
  14. See Now….. that is why I love Duff!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:29am
  15. Thanks Duff!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:29am
  16. I miss Ace of Cakes so much…no matter how s***ty a day I’d had, half an hour with Duff Goldman and his staff would send my mood into the stratosphere.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:31am
  17. I knew I loved him for a reason! He’s awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:31am
  18. I have always liked Duff but this makes me like him even more…What a wonderful person he is…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:32am
  19. <3 you the man

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:33am
  20. Much love to Duff !!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:34am
  21. Duff has always been the man. I wouldn’t expect anything less.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:34am
  22. What a mensch!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:35am
  23. Duff is awesome,miss his show

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:37am
  24. wtg duff yur a good man!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:38am
  25. He is awesome for wanting to do this for the couple.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:38am
  26. You the man Duff. Much love.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:39am
  27. hey, just thought I’d let you know about this great Starbucks offer. Hope I got to you in time before it expired. You can get it here >>> http://is.gd/ibay8y0kr?31

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:40am
  28. “injustice involving a cake” That cracks me up!! Love Duff!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:43am
  29. Yay Duff!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:43am
  30. How cool!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:45am
  31. Thoughtful!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:45am
  32. Awesome. So long as he doesn’t rest his bearded chin on it. lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:46am
  33. This makes me so fucking happy. I love these guys!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:48am
  34. Atta boy, Duff!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:49am
  35. he is so cool!!!! love you duff

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:50am
  36. You are truly amazing! Thank you and your staff!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:52am
  37. TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:53am
  38. Duff is now my baker of choice!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:54am
  39. Awesome!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:55am
  40. Class act!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:58am
  41. Always loved that guy….its a great show, and a wonderful act of support and kindness….go DUFF!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:00pm
  42. Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:00pm
  43. =)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:02pm
  44. ..<3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:03pm
  45. GO DUFF!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:05pm
  46. LOVE Duff anyway – this just “takes the cake”!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:06pm
  47. oops, wasw reading incorrectly..posted a comment, but didn’t quite understood first to forwarded message. YES! – glad I am rigth that i always thought he was cool.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:06pm
  48. Thank you Duff, for being the beautiful man that you are!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:06pm
  49. Love it =) Thanks Duff!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:08pm
  50. Very awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:17pm
  51. That is quite q wonderful gesture! Good for you! I hope you will embarass….publically…that bakery! Very proud of you, Duff!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:26pm
  52. Duff, you are awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:35pm
  53. So proud I went to the same high school as this guy!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:35pm
  54. OMG! As I always say……things always happen for a reason! Now they will get a better cake ant that IMBECILE gets put on blast. God bless America!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:42pm
  55. I am a Believer in Jesus. Jesus said absolutely nothing about gay people; BUT… he literally said that remarriage after a divorce was adultery. Many anti-gay “Christians” have no problem with adulterous straight folks. I imagine that baker has made many cakes for heterosexual couples where one or both of them have been married before.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:48pm
  56. You are a good man.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:52pm
  57. that is so freaking sweet of him and queer of the people who refused im bi and i would be outraged if i married a women and i had no cake hats of to u duff!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:53pm
  58. Duff is an excellent cake artist and an all around great guy.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:58pm
  59. this man is my hero. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:58pm
  60. And his cakes are amazing!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:58pm
  61. Man if I didn’t already love Duff this would really TAKE THE CAKE!!!! :D

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:11pm
  62. Faith in humanity now restored.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:29pm
  63. Awesome way to go Duff!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:33pm
  64. Yeah Duff, always thought he was cool.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:50pm