'Ace of Cakes' star offers free cake for Ore. gay couple spurned by baker

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by Mike Benner & Erica Heartquist, KGW Staff

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Posted on February 5, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 12:07 PM

GRESHAM, Ore -- The Oregon Department of Justice is looking into a complaint that a Gresham bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. 

Meantime, celebrity baker Duff Goldman has offered to make the couple a free cake.

The lesbian couple's story got national attention and a well-known Baltimore baker with the TV show, "Ace of Cakes" offered to make them a cake for free, then even ship it at no charge, according to a report in the Huffington Post Monday.

The incident began on Jan. 17 when a mother and daughter showed up at Sweet Cakes by Melissa looking for the perfect wedding cake.

"My first question is what's the wedding date," said owner Aaron Klein.  "My next question is bride and groom's name ... the girl giggled a little bit and said it's two brides."

Klein apologized to the women and told them he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages.  Klein said the women were disgusted and walked out.

"I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God," said Klein.  "A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife ... that to me is the beginning of marriage."

At the advice of their attorney, the women are not speaking to the media, but they have plenty of support.  Numerous people have blasted the Klein's on the Internet.

What Klein wants to make clear is that he and his wife do not hate homosexuals.

"They can buy my stuff," said Klein.  "I'll sell them stuff ... I'll talk to them, it's fine."

What is not fine, according to Klein, is a marriage between people of the same sex.  He will always stand by that conviction.

"I'd rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in then to see him bow down because one person complained."

ORS 659A.403 is the law in question.  In short, it prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation.  Klein and his wife have two weeks to respond to the Oregon Department of Justice's inquiry into what happened. 

"People who open up their store to the public have to follow the law because it applies legally to everybody," said Comm. Brad Avakian with the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries.

 

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