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Another Ore. bakery refuses to provide wedding cake for same-sex couple

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A lesbian couple in Oregon who went to find a baker for their wedding cake said they were turned away from a local bakery because they are gay.

Erin Hanson and Katie Pugh told KATU-TV that when they went for a tasting at Fleur Cakes in Mt. Hood, Ore., owner Pam Regentin refused service because they were planning a same-sex wedding.

Pugh said that after mentioning her partner as “she” in an email exchange with the bakery to confirm the tasting, she received a call back from Regentin to verify if the event was a for a same-sex wedding.

And that’s when Fleur Cakes said it wouldn’t bake the cake.

Regentin said that despite Oregon’s anti-discrimination law, she believes she has “the liberty to live by my principles.”

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Oregon law mandates that businesses provide “full and equal accommodations without any distinction on account of race, color, religion, sex, or sexual orientation,” and a similar case is still being investigated by the state Labor Bureau.

In February, Aaron Klein, owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., also turned away a same-sex couple, citing their religious beliefs. The state Bureau of Labor and Industries is still investigating.

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