Sweet Cakes owner Aaron Klein
A lesbian couple in the US are seeking legal advice after a local baker refused to make a cake for their wedding, citing his religious views.
When a woman approached Aaron Klein – owner of Sweet Cakes bakery in Gresham, Oregon – last month to make a wedding cake for her same-sex wedding he turned her down.
According to the KATU news channel, Klein is alleged to have told the woman that she and her partner “were abominations to the Lord”.
The bride-to-be has now filed a complaint under the Oregon Equality Act of 2007 which bars discrimination in the state on the basis of sexual orientation.
Klein has denied making the statement about the women being abominations, but admitted to KATU that he had refused them service.
“I apologised for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages. I honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, (it’s) just something I believe in very strongly,” he said.
Klein claims that being forced to make the cake would violate his right to freedom of religion.
“If I have to be to, I guess, be penalised for my beliefs, then I guess, well, that’ll be what it is. My First Amendment rights allow me to practice my religion as I see it,” Klein insisted.
The couple have thus far chosen not to comment on the matter to the media.