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It’s not about the wedding cake – but you know that, right?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It’s not about the wedding cake that Oregon-based bakery owner Aaron Klein refused to bake for a lesbian couple – but you know that, right?

I don’t believe it has anything to do with any baked good that comes out of the ovens at this bakery in Oregon. It’s about this man – Aaron Klein – and his bigotry that he feels is his God-given, Constitutionally protected right.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Gresham, Ore.

Aaron Klein

People weren’t flocking to this man’s bakery before he refused to bake the evil lesbian wedding cake, but the moment he gained notoriety for his discrimination of gays – well, there are the people buying every cupcake they can find.

The only thing that would make it better for these folks is if there was a Chick-fil-A in the neighborhood where they all could enjoy their dinner before they have their dessert!

Mr. Klein states that the bakery sells to customers of all orientations – but he won’t bake a wedding cake for gay couples because it goes against his Christian faith. So, he will sell them cookies and cupcakes and any other item in his bakery – he just won’t bake a cake?

Am I the only person to whom this makes absolutely no sense?

I would think that any monies taken from a gay person would and should be against his Christian faith. What’s the difference between a cupcake and a cake – except a few thousand calories?

He claims he’s not discriminating; he is simply exercising his Constitutional right to freedom of religion, and that Constitutional protection gives him the right to deny this couple service.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of people discriminating and then hiding behind the Constitution.

If you don’t want the gays in your store – put a sign in the window that states you don’t bake cakes for gay couples. Be open and honest about what you will and will not do.

If it’s your religion you’re going to hide behind, make sure the sign says: “For religious reasons – we don’t bake wedding cakes for gays.”

Oh wait – you can’t do that, can you? There is this irritating little thing called “the law.” State law in Oregon says it’s a violation for any business to deny “full and equal accommodations” for customers based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other factors.

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Don’t you just hate it when the law actually protects the people you want to discriminate against?

For those of you who believe that it’s only a cake and we (the gays) should just go to another bakery, understand this: it’s not about the cake.

This has nothing to do with the cake.

This is about living in a country where people are still under the assumption that they were given — by their God — the right, and the responsibility, to discriminate against another human being.

This is about people proudly standing in line to buy hate-filled cupcakes and chicken sandwiches to make sure this discrimination continues and that their money helps fuel the fires of this hatred and inequality.

It’s not about the wedding cake – but you knew that, right?

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Yes Sir, I do!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:38am
  2. Anyone who thinks it IS about the cake has a really messed up point of view, is all I can say.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:44am
  3. Well, Baker “Buddy”, ITS THE LAW!! In your state, its illegal to refuse service to anyone based on their sexual orientation!! If you disagree, get out of the public service business, or move to a more INTENT place!! BUT KEEP YOUR EVIL, INTOLERANT, BIGOTED, HATEFUL IDEAS OUT OF A PUBLIC SERVICE BUSINESS!! I wonder if you follow ALL of your religions rules, or just the ones that satisfy your HATRED??!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:47am
  4. But Wedding Cake is soo good!! This means it could technically be about the cake? lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:48am
  5. don’t even know what to say.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:48am
  6. I love his quote “I have the right of religious right”. Hmmm, judgement day, judgement day will be some day. Something to look forward to when he meets he’s maker, explaining hatred.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:53am
  7. As upsetting as this story is,especially to the poor ladies involved, I’m actually almost glad it came to light. Now I am aware of a business I will never spend a dime in. This story made me aware of Pastry Girl,a lesbian owned shop in downtown Portland that my wife and I will be using for our anniversary/bday in June. Frankly, I’d rather see a big sign “We reserve the right to discriminate” on the door of any business that thinks it’s OK to claim bible over constitution. I know I don’t even have to get out of the car…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:55am
  8. If i worked at the FDA i would give the bakery a D paper permanently taped or glued onto the door so customers can understand that it can be more then what they judge by people’s sexual orientation’s. I’ve been to that bakery before and i was very very disappointing not only by what they refusing gay couples to have a wedding cake but how low tolerated they clean the place i mean i wouldn’t bake any cake when the inside of the oven has burnt cake batter, leftover grease, and smelled like a dead rat lives behind the oven. I feel like calling Food Networks Steve Erwin Restaurant Impossible for a new season of Bakery Impossible.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:57am
  9. Ignorance…..thats it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:00pm
  10. Discrimination is so crazy. If a gay friendly/gay owned shop discriminated against heterosexuals, I think trauma drama would ensue. I’ll never understand it. If I were wealthy, I would open my own business that catered to the gay community, screw all the haters. Might sound like a generalization, but speaking as a lesbian I’m fed the F up with society today. If they don’t want me, I don’t want them either!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:01pm
  11. The good thing about these instances, is that we now who NOT to give our hard earned cash to, right?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:03pm
  12. You know he has a closet full of girl on girl porn. He probably asked for a threesome and was told no, so his ego was hurt. It’s typical of 99.9 percent of males if lesbian aren’t there for their pervert pleasure, then it’s wrong.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:34pm
  13. True.!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:18pm
  14. no its not , its about being treated like a normal human than looked at as peria.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:33pm
  15. yes i do and i love ace for standing up and giving them the cake they deserve thanks ace you too awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2:09pm
  16. release rats and cockroaches in his business, then call the health dept

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:34pm
  17. @John mattson: i should do that seeing as i live in gresham oregon glad i heard about this i’ll make sure never to shop in his store again

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:39pm
  18. Why do you keep advertising for the this guy. more people hate gays than support us just building his business up for him. all the bigots will flock to his side!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:01am
  19. @edmond, i think this is what they call a news story, you may think it’s advertising, but it’s not. is your solution not to report on anyone who hates or discriminates against us? because ignoring the issue always solves the problem, right? SMH.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:04am
  20. So true!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:39am
  21. Who wants a cake made of hate, anyway??

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:46am