A bakery owner in Oregon is under investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office after a same-sex couple filed a complaint in January alleging that he refused to make a wedding cake for them.
Sweet Cakes By Melissa owner Aaron Klein told The Oregonian he sells cakes to customers of all sexual orientations, but same-sex marriage goes against his Christian faith.
“I believe marriage is a religious institution between a man and woman as stated in the Bible,” Klein told The Oregonian on Friday.
“When someone tells me that their definition is something different, I strongly disagree. I don’t think I should be penalized for that.”
Klein is being investigated by the Oregon attorney general’s civil enforcement officers for violating the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which has no exception for religious beliefs, the Register-Guard reported.
State law says it is a violation for a business to deny “full and equal accommodations” for customers based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other factors, and if the agency finds cause, it may file a discrimination complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.
The Register-Guard pointed out “that Klein said he and his wife make no secret about their beliefs at the bakery, pointing to the store’s website and the crosses on its walls,” giving rise to the possibility that their business was intentionally targeted.