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Baker Under Investigation for Denying Wedding Cake to Lesbian Couple

Baker Under Investigation for Denying Wedding Cake to Lesbian Couple

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Did a baker owner break the law in Oregon?

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A baker in Gresham, Ore., is under investigation after he refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

The women claim Sweet Cakes owner Aaron Klein called the women "abominations to the Lord." Klein denies saying that but admits that he wouldn't make the cake.

"I apologized for wasting their time and said we don't do same-sex marriages," he told the local media. I "honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn't mean to make anybody upset, [it's] just something I believe in very strongly."

An Oregon statute bans sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodations, which includes businesses. But critics argue that could conflict with Klein's constitutional right to practice his religion. The office of Oregon's attorney general is now investigating the matter. Read more here.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.