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Gresham biz refuses same-sex wedding cake request. Ag investigates.

February 6, 2013

A Gresham Wedding Cake business is refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The refusal has landed the owner in a lawsuit involving the Oregon Department of Justice. The story has gone national.


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Larry Sparks February 6, 2013

This is his business, he can conduct or deny business with any person or group. This is private business and does not need to follow State of Federal discrimination laws. It is the owner’s first amendment rights.

Paul February 6, 2013

Sure he can. And in my business, I can refuse to serve them because they are classless and dressed like they just rolled out of bed. But would I? Heck no. We live in a world where anyone can say anything on the internet and we all know it can take just minutes to go global. She didn’t want a lesbian cake, she wanted a cake. He could have just said he was out of two women figures for the top. He made a big mistake Too bad because small businesses are tough. He hurt and humiliated those two women. He can just get himself a sign that says “no shirt, no shoes, no same sex couples, no service.” Spare everyone.

Gail March 11, 2015

The law disagrees with you, Larry. Businesses used to be able to refuse service to African Americans; now the law says they don’t have the right to do so. (And some small businesses kicked up a huge fuss about this in the 50’s.) The same principle is beginning to be applied to gays.

Honestly — it’s a cake. Does he examine the moral and political opinions of everybody he bakes a cake for? Will he bake a cake for an atheist? Please.

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