GRESHAM, ORE – Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Ore., has closed. Owners Aaron and Melissa Klein said they could no longer do business after homosexual protesters launched boycotts and threatened other vendors who did business with the Kleins who are Christians.
“It’s a sad day for Christian business owners, Aaron Klein told Fox News’ Todd Starnes, “and it’s a sad day for the First Amendment. The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop. They have killed our business through mob tactics.”
Klein says he and his wife have nothing against homosexuals, but their deeply-held religious beliefs prevent them from supporting same-sex unions.
Commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, Brad Avakian, said he is committed to a fair investigation of the Klein’s alleged discrimination.
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs,” he told the Oregonian, “but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate. The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
Jeff Johnston, sexuality analyst for Focus on the Family, said Avakian’s comments betray the real agenda.
“It’s as if the state wants to change everybody’s way of thinking on this,” he said. “The problem is that homosexuality used to be seen as a behavior and now it’s seen as an identity, something that is unchangeable, that is a part of who you are. But it’s really different than that because we know that there are people who leave homosexuality and there are those who don’t identify as homosexual.”
“Christians are at risk. Our freedom of religion is at risk and our free speech is at risk.”