How do you become one of the most hated businesses in America? Commit civil rights violations! That's what the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa did several months ago, and it's been quite a battle against the cocky bakers who believed they could get away with disparaging entire groups of people. This update in the bigoted baker saga comes with wonderful news: 'Sweet Cakes' is closing.
Yes, you read that right. The bakery owned by Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa will be closing down amid the scandal surrounding their refusal to serve same sex couples. This is the post they left on the official 'Sweet Cakes' Facebook page: (cleaned up for poor grammar)
"This will be our last weekend at the shop[.] We are moving our business to an in home bakery. I will post our new number soon. Email will stay the same."
This is certainly a win for the LGBTQ community in Gresham, Ore., and it certainly creates further precedent for cases involving same sex discrimination. These bigoted business owners have violated their state's consumer protection law that prohibits them from refusing service based on sexual orientation. Aaron and Melissa Klein thought they could get away with it, and for a moment their business supposedly thrived, but that short spike in business collapsed as it was revealed that cars stopped being spotted in front of their shop altogether. The intense, and deserved, public scrutiny they were under (along with the pending lawsuit against them), has evidently forced them to move "underground" so-to-speak.
Since they are downsizing to running their cake shop "in their home," one could imagine that the sanitary conditions are going to be quite different from before. This is definitely not a move up in the right direction, but a sign of the inevitable death rattle to come. I for one would not be interested in purchasing a wedding cake made in the very same kitchen and in the same oven used to prepare their Frito pies or whatever it is they eat throughout each day.
I wish Aaron and Melissa Klein the best in their future endeavors, but truly elated that they are closing down their bakery. There was no reason for Aaron to reduce a lesbian couple to tears while refusing to provide a cake for their wedding (he referred to them as abominations). And there was no reason for Aaron Klein to take to the internet to make racist remarks and personal attacks against me as well as "liberals" and President Obama. It was Aaron Klein and he alone who ruined Sweet Cakes by Melissa -- which is a shame, because he permanently sullied his wife's name.
Hopefully in the future these two can operate a busines in the state of Oregon that doesn't discriminate against the public and doesn't violate the law. In the meantime, they should stick to baking cupcakes for their church and for family picnics where their brand of bigotry is better "swallowed."
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