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‘Christian’ bakeries are OK with sinful celebrations… but not gay weddings

Thursday, May 30, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two Oregon bakeries who cited their moral principles and religious convictions as the basis for refusing to bake wedding cakes for gay couples, are seemingly selective in which Biblical “sins” they are willing to accommodate.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., and Fleur Cakes in Mt. Hood, Ore., gained national attention for their refusal to accommodate same-sex ceremonies, but according to a survey conducted by Willamette Week, a Portland, ore.-based alternative weekly newspaper, will happily provide cakes to celebrate divorce, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and pagan rituals.

Owners at both bakeries describe themselves as “Christian,” and cited their religious beliefs as the reason they would not provide cakes for same-sex weddings, prompting Willamette Week to explore how “Christian” they really are:

We wondered what other requests these cakemakers would decline to honor. So last week five WW reporters called these two bakeries anonymously to get price quotes for other occasions frowned upon by some Christians. Surprisingly, the people who answered the phone at each bakery were quite willing to provide baked goods for celebrations of divorces, unmarried parents, stem-cell research, non-kosher barbecues and pagan solstice parties.

We later contacted both bakeries to ask about these inconsistencies. Regentin declined to comment beyond asking whether she had been taped (she had not).

Sweet Cakes owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were upset that we “would even try to entrap a business” and contacted conservative talk-show host Lars Larson.

Oregon law mandates that businesses provide “full and equal accommodations without any distinction on account of race, color, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.”

The state Bureau of Labor and Industries is investigating a complaint against Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

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32 more reader comments:

  1. ahahah. hypocrites

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:37pm
  2. Their loss, Literal!y!! Perhaps the Christians Bigots should read Forbes!!
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/4678137/ns/business-forbes_com/t/gay-marriage-windfall-billion/#.UafIXECTiSo

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:38pm
  3. I want NAMES and Numbers… Let’s give them hell…..

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:38pm
  4. Christian bakeries are an embarrassment. Nice to know they condone such distasteful ceremonies, but not something as beautiful, equal and pure as gay weddings???

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:39pm
  5. lol this is still going on ain this about a blip im not surprised at all though people pick and choose the sins they want to overlook

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:41pm
  6. This will obliterate their arguments in the courts.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:44pm
  7. Well they know what they can do with their donuts then

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:45pm
  8. Oh, the old natural and unnatural sin thing? Does anyone really buy that one?

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:48pm
  9. if the Bible is the reasoning for which you base your actions, you’re not moral

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:49pm
  10. not surprising, hypocrisy is the norm with the religious, as is buffet believership

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:52pm
  11. Abolishing Slavery, and Women having jobs was once considered sinful. And what the fuck are you doing in Portland if you are acting like this?

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:52pm
  12. Hey why should we try to force them to take our money–I’m sure that there are plenty of others willing to make a buck.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:54pm
  13. You got to be kidding me!

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:54pm
  14. Why am i not surprised religious hypocrisy at it’s finest, bunch of hypocrites.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:57pm
  15. Who gives them the right to tell other people what’s right and wrong?

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:02pm
  16. Christian???? Yeah, right! They’re about as christian as Kim Kardashian!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:03pm
  17. Hypocrites, like many so called ‘religious’ people

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:04pm
  18. Always best to “vote” with your money …. and let your friends know! Nothing speaks louder than the almighty $dollar and the increased sales of the bigot bakery’s competitors!

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:05pm
  19. LINK is not working…. we need name so we can boycott

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:06pm
  20. So don’t fucking shop there. Problem solved.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:06pm
  21. My partner and I own a small bakery we don’t turn down any business no matter their religion or sexual identity orientation preference etc…

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:10pm
  22. Their cakes probably taste and look like shit anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:10pm
  23. lindo

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:11pm
  24. Typical! Gotta hate or they can’t be forgiven! Lions and arenas anyone?

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:22pm
  25. $

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:29pm
  26. LMFAO!!! They contacted LARS LARSON?????? Who the hell listens to that third-rate nobody? Jeeze.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:31pm
  27. They just want fame luke the last far cunt who pulled this bullshit stunt… Lights blunt blows kush in face! :p

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:49pm
  28. I’m sure they would happily sell me a 22 years Cohabitation Cake… as long as it was opposite sex.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:57pm
  29. Christians just plain hate gay people and they *USE* their religion as an excuse and to exempt themselves from discrimination laws.

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:09pm
  30. ??? What does that even mean?

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:28pm
  31. Shut them down!

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:01pm
  32. hypocrites, to say the least…..

    Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:10pm