Target: Residents of Gresham, Oregon.
Goal: Boycott bakery for refusing to serve a lesbian couple a wedding cake
Recently in Gresham, Oregon, a young woman and her mother walked into the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery hoping to place a cake order for the daughter’s upcoming wedding. Owner Aaron Klein was happy to fill the order until he discovered it was for a same-sex wedding. He refused to make the cake because he believes “that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God.” Klein clarifies that he and his wife do not “hate” homosexuals, and he says, “They can buy my stuff. I’ll sell them stuff, it’s fine.” Apparently, Klein will accept money from gays and lesbians unless it is for a same-sex wedding cake.
The women have filed a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice citing discrimination based on sexual orientation. The state of Oregon has a 2008 law that prohibits discrimination against individuals in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. Public accommodations include theaters, hotels, restaurants, and bakeries, in addition to other publicly and privately owned businesses.
Klein is entitled to his own beliefs, but when it comes to conducting his bakery business he should not be able to discriminate against same-sex couples. A person’s civil rights should not be eliminated once they enter a place of business. Sign the petition below to urge the people of Gresham, Oregon to boycott the Sweet Cakes bakery until they agree to serve all customers, regardless of sexual orientation.
Dear residents of Gresham, Oregon,
All members of your community should be able to happily celebrate their weddings without discrimination based on sexual orientation. On January 17, a woman walked into the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery with the hopes of finding the perfect wedding cake. Owner Aaron Klein was happy to fill the order until he discovered the cake would be served at a same-sex wedding. Klein says he is “fine” with taking the money of gays and lesbians and states, “They can buy my stuff,” that is, unless it is a wedding cake.
Mr. Klein is free to hold his own beliefs, but he should not be able to refuse service to anyone on the basis of sexual orientation. It was not long ago that business owners could easily discriminate against patrons because they were African American, disabled, Catholic, Asian, and more. A person’s civil rights should not be eliminated once they enter a place of business. Let Mr. Klein know you will not accept his homophobic bigotry. We urge you to take a stand for your LGBTQ neighbors by refusing to support the Sweet Cakes bakery.
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