State says Gresham bakery violated civil rights of same-sex couple

State says Gresham bakery violated civil rights of same-sex couple

State says Gresham bakery violated civil rights of same-sex couple

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. – The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled a Gresham bakery discriminated against a same-sex couple when it refused to make a cake for their wedding.

The couple filed a complaint against Sweet Cakes by Melissa last year. The bakery's owners said they wouldn't sell the couple a wedding cake because it violated their religious beliefs.

More: Couple denied same-sex cake files complaint

The state ruled a bakery is not a religious institution, so refusing the order violated Oregon’s Equality Act passed in 2007.

In September, the bakery shut its doors and said via a Facebook post it was moving the business to an in-home bakery.

Background: Gresham bakery that denied same-sex wedding cake closes

BOLI will now work with both sides to see if they can reach a settlement.

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