Sunday, February 3, 2013

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: OR Bakery Refuses Gay Wedding Cake Order

Not far from here, a small Oregon town bakery is in trouble with state law for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.
Bakery under investigation draws supporters, protesters | Local & Regional News | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13: The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 prohibits discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The statute includes public accommodations, such as businesses. Oregon Attorney General's civil enforcement officers are looking into whether Aaron Klein broke the law when he denied the couple a cake.
When you choose to have a business that serves the public, that choice includes the decision to accept local laws, benefits, privileges and responsibilities. But misplaced religious feelings took over:
“I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages,” Klein said Friday. I “honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, [it’s] just something I believe in very strongly.”
That's just disingenuous. How can Klein seriously believe for a moment that he had made anyone, as he put it, "upset?" Don't believe it. Klein says it's his "religious belief" that caused him to deny a gay couple's order, but that religious belief doesn't stop him from engaging with money changers. Wonder if Klein has used credit in his business? Oh, and are the aprons the bakers no doubt wear made of mixed cloth?

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