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Bakery Bullies

LGBT groups are leading a hateful intimidation campaign against Christian cakemakers.

By From the October 2013 issue

On a cold morning this past January in Gresham, Ore., Aaron Klein sat down with two customers at the bakery he owned with his wife, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. The two women, a bride and her mother, were making plans to purchase a wedding cake. Before discussing the details, Klein asked his customers a few standard questions. When would the wedding be? What was the groom’s name? At the second question, there was an awkward hesitation, and the mother explained that this would be a wedding between two brides. Klein politely but firmly told them that because of his and his wife’s Christian beliefs, they would not bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Without a word, the bride and her mother got up and left. About ten minutes later, the bride’s mother returned the bakery and began to debate Klein using biblical references to claim that her daughter was created that way and there was nothing wrong with her marriage. Klein was firm, asserting that he would not be involved in a lesbian wedding. When he refused to back down, the woman left. About two weeks later, Klein received a complaint letter and an official investigation notice from the Oregon Department of Justice.

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Claire Healey is an editorial intern with The American Spectator. She is a political science major and a rising senior at Grove City College. She is the Editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the Grove City College student newspaper, and the Executive Style Editor of The Grove City College Journal of Law & Public Policy.