So what happens when your bakery is open in 2013 AD and you believe in social policies written in 2013 BC? You get a big, fat slice of karma served to you, that’s what. The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, OR became Internet-infamous when word got out from their Portland suburb that they were refusing to sell their wedding cakes to gay couples. Portland in case you didn’t know is a pretty open, accepting and “blue” metropolitan area, so it likely came as a shock to many local residents that a shop in their area would be so old fashioned.
Citing their religious freedoms, Aaron and Melissa Klein said they didn’t want to sell cakes for weddings they don’t feel agree with the Bible’s teaching of gay sex being icky (it’s in the back somewhere we believe). In reality, the Klein’s were 100% right; their religious beliefs being what they are, and The United States having its First Amendment privileges of freedom of religion built into its Bill of Rights, the Kleins should have felt completely okay with running their business with a homophobic, bigoted point of view.
Of course, what the Kleins have just found out is that in the world of social media, if you are going to cling to those beliefs and declare them out in the open, there can be quick and deep impacts on your day to day life. The bottom line is that religious freedom or not, people are becoming less and less tolerant of intolerance, and stories like that of Sweet Cakes by Melissa will pop up in other areas. Sure, there will be parts of the country where homophobic discrimination is still tolerated; likely it’ll be the same places where racial discrimination is tolerated — but by and large, Sweet Cakes by Melissa will serve more as a reminder that times are changing than anything else.
Score one for love.
Watch the video below of the local news coverage around Sweet Cakes’ closing: