The owners Aaron and Melissa Klein had not only refused, but they had said absolutely intolerable words to the couple, and also on television shows that had reported the case.
A few months later, we learned and enjoyed that Aaron Klein had to shut up shop. Indeed, following his remarks, most of his customers have deserted his shop.
The lesbian couple had complained so this does not happen again and here is the result of the trial.
Bureau spokesman Charlie Burr said in a statement that although Oregon law provides an exemption for religious institutions, it «does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot legally deny service based on race, sex, age, disability or religion.»
The bakery was not recognized as a religious institution so, under the anti-discrimination laws in Oregon, «Sweet Cakes by Melissa» was found guilty of discrimination and condemned by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to pay compensation up to $150,000 to the couple. It remains to determine the final amount at a hearing on March 10.
Photo from Katu