Oregon bakery that refused to serve same-sex couple closes shop
The Oregon cake shop that was investigated by state officials after refusing to fulfill an order by a lesbian couple has closed its doors, the Williamette Week reported.
According to a Facebook post on Friday, Sweet Cakes by Melissa’s store in Gresham, Oregon closed as of Saturday, with owners Aaron and Melissa Klein saying they would operate their business out of their home.
The Kleins were heavily criticized after refusing to serve a lesbian couple, citing their religious faith and opposition to marriage equality. Their stance made them the focus of not only demonstrations, but an investigation by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries to see if they violated a 2007 law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
KOIN-TV reported that the complaint against Sweet Cakes is one of 11 discrimination cases investigated by officials since the law went into effect, with settlements being negotiated in three of those cases. The probe into whether Sweet Cakes broke the law has not been completed.
Watch a report by KOIN on Sweet Cakes’ closure, aired on Sunday, below.
[h/t The Huffington Post]