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Lesbian couple denied service from bakery accepts offer by ‘Ace of Cakes’

Monday, February 11, 2013

A lesbian couple who were denied a wedding cake by a Gresham, Ore., bakery because they are gay, have accepted an offer by Baltimore pastry chef Duff Goldman, star of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes,” to bake and deliver a free wedding cake.

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Goldman came to the rescue of the couple after Aaron Klein, owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, said he draws the line at making wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

Appearing on HuffPost Live last week, 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!”

The names of the women have not been released, however they issued a statement through their lawyer thanking friends, family members and the community for the “outpouring of support.”

“We are especially thankful that LGBT-supportive companies have graciously offered their services to make our special day perfect,” they said.

The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating the bakery’s refusal to provide service to the couple, which could be in violation of an Oregon law that prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation.

The couple said Klein called them “abominations unto the Lord.”

Meanwhile, Klein tells KATU-TV that business has been booming since he took a stand against same-sex marriage.

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45 more reader comments:

  1. He’s so cool.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:09pm
  2. Great!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:09pm
  3. Hateful! Does he think he will become a Lesbian if he makes a cake for them?

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:12pm
  4. I bet their cake will look 100x better from that guy.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:13pm
  5. Now that is showing class! Thank you!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:13pm
  6. “I saw this story and I was like, ‘Wait — I can do something, there’s injustice involving a cake!’” So awesome.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:14pm
  7. Is this the same guy who made transphobic comments about Carmen Carrera when she appeared on the show? Or was that on a different show?

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:15pm
  8. ????

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:16pm
  9. Nevermind, that was “Cake Boss”

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:16pm
  10. How many shows about cake are there?

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:17pm
  11. Thanks to the guy who offered to make the cake! Way to go! Equality for all! :)

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:18pm
  12. Another reason I love Duff.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:19pm
  13. Man, I’d love to see that episode!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:19pm
  14. Right on !

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:20pm
  15. chad i think you might be thinking of cake boss

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:21pm
  16. What a great guy. c: Gettin’ shit done in Charm City!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:22pm
  17. Duff is a great guy.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:23pm
  18. Awesome!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:26pm
  19. ace your soo awesome

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:31pm
  20. And this is how you do business.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:33pm
  21. well isn’t he a darling. so glad there are ppl with hearts out there willing to help when they can.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:35pm
  22. how did your business do that to them. that’s discrimination I know there are laws out there that apply to this situation.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:38pm
  23. I’m glad that there was another business that did help them and it nectar needs.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:39pm
  24. Way to go Duff!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:39pm
  25. I love that. “THERE IS INJUSTICE INVOLVING CAKE! JUSTICE SHALL BE SERVED! (LITERALLY)”

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:42pm
  26. Great job duff!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:52pm
  27. “Business has been booming since he took a stand against same sex marriage”

    Really dude? Let the pathetic haters have their bakery. The only booming business he’ll be getting is more assholes who don’t understand human rights.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:59pm
  28. I would of too and I’d stand on a public sidewalk outside the bakery who denied them service and eat it

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:05pm
  29. Thanks Duff!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:13pm
  30. If I was the bakery that denied them I’d be pretty worried of losing more business to gay friendly bakeries like Duff’s Charm City.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:14pm
  31. Thank you Duff for having the courage and intelligence to bring another insane act of ignorance to light !

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:16pm
  32. What about it Gresham Oregon ?? Does this represent your town or just a sad, uneducated, judgemental corner of it ???

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:18pm
  33. Okay first of all I’m gay but how did the business even know it was a “lesbian” cake? My wife & I got married & we didn’t go & tell our wedding decorator it’s a lesbian cake, we just said, it’s a wedding cake & we want this color. I don’t understand!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:20pm
  34. Love Ace of Cakes! Love Duff! Can’t wait to see what their cake looks like!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:26pm
  35. How about a good old fashioned boycott of “Sweet Cakes”. How about boycotting all businesses that treat people this way.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:30pm
  36. Maybe they were excited and telling everyone

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:35pm
  37. Your Awsome Man!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:44pm
  38. god bless you duff! god saw your heart loveing not hateing. amen

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:47pm
  39. Great guy! Also wise, ’twas a good business move. :P

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:53pm
  40. Duff…you the cake.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:04pm
  41. awesome..duffy… and it will be 10ooo x better than the haters bakery too……

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:10pm
  42. Beautiful.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 7:12pm
  43. I bet that other place lost a lot of business!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 7:53pm
  44. cuz Duff n the gang ROCK THE HOUSE!!! Love him and his crew!! WIsh I could get a cake from his fine self (woof!)!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8:14pm
  45. Awesome … :)

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8:37pm