It looks like Sweet Cakes bakery lost its constitutional right to disagree with homosexuality, just as we suspected it would. Oh no matter, the owner was probably just a hateful white racist bigot who ate little children…or something.
KGW.COM – A Gresham bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, prompting a state investigation, shut its doors.
On Sunday, KGW stopped by Sweet Cakes by Melissa and found the bakery completely empty. All counter tops, display cases and decorations were gone.
Hanging in the window was a sign from the Oregon Family Council that read “Religious freedom is under attack in Gresham.”
As first reported in Willamette Week, Sweet Cakes by Melissa posted on its Facebook page, “This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery. I will post our new number soon.”
In January, Laurel Bowman said Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to sell her a cake after learning it would be for a same-sex wedding.
In August, the Bureau of Labor and Industries said it was conducting an investigation to determine if the bakery violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which protects the rights of LGBT Oregonians.
All of the comments on the bakery’s Facebook page are largely supportive of the business.
“I’m sorry to hear this. Its very frustrating to have people do all they can to cause others strife just because they don’t agree with a lifestyle. I will keep you all in my prayers. Don’t let them get you down. You will survive this and all other tests through your faith. God bless Melissa,” one woman writes.
UPDATE: According to the Daily Mail it looks like they went out of business more because of leftist intimidation rather than a state investigation:
Melissa and Aaron Klein have been driven out of their shop in Gresham, Oregon – and are taking operations back into their home – after they say they received death- and also rape-threats and saw client numbers fall following their decision not to serve a lesbian couple.
Media reports say they have been hounded by hate mail since January when Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman were refused service and subsequently made a discrimination complaint to authorities about the bakery.
According to The Blaze, which saw some of the hate mail received by the bakers, one read: ‘You stupid bible-thumping, hypocritical b**ch. I hope your kids get really, really, sick and you go out of business,’ and another said: ‘Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot. Enjoy hell.’
The couple told the news service their customers had been ‘badgered and harassed’ not to do business with the bakery and subsequently, orders for wedding cakes this summer were significantly lower than usual.
Some clients even cancelled existing orders because of the public debacle, the Blaze said.