Bake Shop Refuses To Prepare Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

Sweet Cakes By Melissa

The Oregon Department of justice is looking in to the case of a Bake shop that refused to deliver a cake for a same-sex wedding.  It started on January 17th when two women, (one of the women to be married and her mother) entered the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bake shop and asked for a wedding cake.  When the owner, Aaron Klein asked for the names the bride and groom he was told the cake was for two brides.  He informed the women he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages.  According to Klein, he apologized but “the women were disgusted and walked out.”  He continued, “I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God.  A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife; that to me is the beginning of marriage.”  We could argue that what we have is here another religious fanatic and call it a day.  But this case raises some interesting questions.  Should we be able to force businesses to serve us what we request, even if goes against the beliefs of the business owner?  Or more importantly, can we force everyone to like and accept us?  In this case, the shop owner is not refusing to serve the women, he’s just refusing to make them what they’re asking for.  In fact, the same bake shop delivered a cake for the fiance’s mother and husband, which is why they returned.  Legally, the bake shop may be forced to answer for their refusal to serve the women but just as in the Chick-fil-A controversy, citizens have the right to vote with their wallets.  We can’t force misguided individuals in to submission.  People have a right to their opinions and should not be forced or coerced in to changing them.  There will always be closed-minded ignorant fools but that is not a crime.  Trying to convince those of the errors of the ways even if the cause is just, is no different than a religious zealot trying to convince us that we will land in hell if we don’t believe as they do.  Freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution and those truly faithful should be no more subject to persecution or prosecution, than an atheist accused of heresy.  We cannot legislate religious beliefs?  Nor should we want to.

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