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‘Bible-Thumping…B****’: Bakers Who Refused to Make Gay Couple’s Wedding Cake Shut Down Their Shop Following Threats, Anger

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:10 PM
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‘Bible-Thumping…B**ch’: Bakers Who Refused to Make Gay Couple’s Wedding Cake Shut Down Their Shop Following Threats, Anger

In May, TheBlaze told you about Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an Oregon-based bakery that has fallen under intense scrutiny. Throughout 2013, the Christian couple and their business have been in the midst of a media firestorm after refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

From threats to vicious phone calls and e-mails, the Klein family has been inundated with angry responses. Now, Aaron and Melissa have announced that they are shutting down their shop.

In a brief phone interview earlier this month, Melissa told TheBlaze that the couple has continued to face upheaval following their faith-based decision. Just days after we spoke, she and her husband announced that this past weekend was the family’s last at its current location.

The business will be transitioning, with the Kleins operating, instead, from their home.

“This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery,” read a post on the company’s Facebook page on Aug. 30.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa    Bakery That Refused to Make Gay Couples Wedding Cake    Is Shutting Down Its Shop Following Threats, Anger

Photo Credit: Sweet Cakes By Melissa

On the same Facebook page just few days earlier, the family shared appreciation for the support the owners received in the wake of media coverage surrounding their cake-baking battle.

“Thank you again everyone for your up lifting words, and encouragement! It is much appreciated,” one message read.

It’s no secret that Sweet Cakes by Melissa has been struggling since Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, the lesbian couple at the center of the debate, waged a complaint with the state over the cake debacle. In May, the bakers told TheBlaze that they were inundated with hateful messages.

From proclamations that Aaron should be shot to one apparent threat that he be raped, the hate and angst being thrown the Klein family’s way is certainly serious in nature. Some have even wished for the couple’s five children to be stricken with illness. Earlier this summer, Aaron and Melissa shared a number of these e-mails with TheBlaze.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa    Bakery That Refused to Make Gay Couples Wedding Cake    Is Shutting Down Its Shop Following Threats, Anger

Two brides are set on a wedding cake at a press conference in Los Angeles, after the United States Supreme court ruled on Californias Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, June 26, 2013. (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

“You stupid bible-thumping, hypocritical b**ch.  I hope your kids get really, really, sick and you go out of business,” read one e-mail.

“Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot. Enjoy hell,” read another.

At the time, they told TheBlaze that their wedding vendors “badgered and harassed” until they refused to do business with Sweet Cakes by Melissa. As a result, the business’ wedding cake orders this summer were down dramatically from the past. Plus, some individuals canceled their previously-planned cakes in the wake of the controversy.

You can read TheBlaze’s previous report about Sweet Cakes by Melissa to learn more about the debate — one that has potentially played a role in the closure of the baker’s shop in Gresham, Ore.

(H/T: Oregon Live)

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4kidz916
by Gold Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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It's a shame they've been getting threats for standing up for something they believe in.  If you don't like the decision the bakers made then just carry your business elsewhere, no need to act in such a way.

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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Can't have freedom to believe in what you want to believe in w/out repercussions.....so much for tolerance that some seek.  Hypocritical much....

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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Sucks they are getting threats but I am not sorry they are getting a backlash.  They broke the law and people have the right to be pissed off at them for their bigotry. 

IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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Well.. It is unfortunate that they felt they had to shut down their business, I still believe that what they did was wrong. It was discrimination and against the law. So they have to deal with the consequences from that choice.

Religious freedom does not include a right to discriminate against those you do not agree with.

Internet trolls are just horrible, and unfortunately they just jump on every opportunity. You can find filth like that directed at just about anything, by every side.
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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Quoting trippyhippy:

Sucks they are getting threats but I am not sorry they are getting a backlash.  They broke the law and people have the right to be pissed off at them for their bigotry. 




I know you can't answer, what law was broken?

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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Quoting IandLoveandYou:

Well.. It is unfortunate that they felt they had to shut down their business, I still believe that what they did was wrong. It was discrimination and against the law. So they have to deal with the consequences from that choice.

Religious freedom does not include a right to discriminate against those you do not agree with.

Internet trolls are just horrible, and unfortunately they just jump on every opportunity. You can find filth like that directed at just about anything, by every side.



You do, or you do not comprehend that being forced to work for someone that you don't wish to work for is slavery?

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:35 PM
The Oregon Equality Act as well as some cities in Oregon have local ordinances against discrimination. Nit sure if this city is one of them. You know SHIT about what I can or can not do. Just because you don't agree with the laws doesn't change the fact that its the law.


Quoting Billiejeens:Quoting trippyhippy:Sucks they are getting threats but I am not sorry they are getting a backlash.  They broke the law and people have the right to be pissed off at them for their bigotry. 

I know you can't answer, what law was broken?


jcrew6
by Jenney on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Threats to someone's family is unacceptable.   A little more than just 'Sucks'. 

Businesses in Oregon are not allowed to operate based on their religious ideologies.  That too is discrimination.  This company didn't bad mouth or treat the gay couple nearly as harsh as the gay community/supporters treated/threatened them.  Unacceptable.  

Quoting trippyhippy:

Sucks they are getting threats but I am not sorry they are getting a backlash.  They broke the law and people have the right to be pissed off at them for their bigotry. 


JanuaryBaby06
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I do believe operating under some prejudice is wrong but is it illegal? idk, freedom of religious beliefs maybe covers it. I understand a Religious offical not officiating the ceremoney but other then that I believe places that refuse to serve gay people is an awful way to exploit your religion. I do believe they have a certain kind of right to intolerence but they should brace for some back. You have the right to service and I have a right to be outraged. I believe that since the owners decide stuff based on their religion, they should warn potential employees & customers of the special rules they operate under so people can also decide if he shop works under their moral code.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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Bowman later filed a complaint with the justice department, which Klein’s attorney Herbert Grey responded to. In his letter, Grey says the couple "elected not to participate in an event that is not even officially recognized under Oregon law when doing so would violate their constitutionally-protected conscience and religious beliefs."

The gay community/supporters couldn't let the legal process work.  Nope. Instead they had to threaten the lives of family members.  Classless SOB thugs.   
Quoting trippyhippy:

The Oregon Equality Act as well as some cities in Oregon have local ordinances against discrimination. Nit sure if this city is one of them. You know SHIT about what I can or can not do. Just because you don't agree with the laws doesn't change the fact that its the law.


Quoting Billiejeens:Quoting trippyhippy:Sucks they are getting threats but I am not sorry they are getting a backlash.  They broke the law and people have the right to be pissed off at them for their bigotry. 

I know you can't answer, what law was broken?



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