GRESHAM – The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon that has been under investigation for declining to make a cake for a lesbian ‘wedding,’ state that they have been forced to close the doors to their shop and operate their business from home due to protests and harassment from homosexuals.
“This will be our last weekend at the shop,” Aaron and Melissa Klein wrote on Facebook on Friday. “We are moving our business to an in-home bakery.”
As previously reported, the Kleins operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a small shop painted in pink and decorated inside with crosses. In January, Aaron was approached by a mother and her daughter as the two were interested in a cake for the daughter’s upcoming wedding—to her lesbian partner.
“My first question was what’s the wedding date,” Klein told television station KTW in Portland. “My next question was [the] bride and groom’s name. … The girl giggled a little bit and said, ‘It’s two brides.’”He stated that he then informed the women that the bakery does not make cakes for homosexual events.
“I apologized for wasting their time and said that unfortunately, we do not do same-sex marriages,” Klein explained.
The women then left Sweet Cakes upset about the incident, and later, one of them filed a complaint with the state.