Gresham, OR, United States (4E) – Owners of a cake shop in Oregon were forced to close and relocate their store amid harassment from gay rights activists angered by their rejection of a lesbian couple customer.
Aaron and Melissa Klein said Monday they are now doing their business at home because Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham suffered from low sales after months of intimidation by activists, including a break-in to their bakery truck on Sunday and threats to their vendors.
The Kleins also denied discriminating against the lesbian couple, who filed a complaint against them before Oregon’s Bureau of Labor & Industries alleging violation of the Oregon Equality Act of 2007.
Explaining why they refused to bake the complaining couple’s wedding cake, Aaron said, “I didn’t want to be a part of her marriage, which I think is wrong,” according to KATU.
State labor commissioner Brad Avakian said they are investigating if unlawful discrimination was committed.
Aaron accused the harassers of pretending to be tolerant and just wanting equal rights. He added that he will stand up and fight for their First Amendment rights.