If you didn't think people could get douchier about denying LGBT rights, here's a story of yet another low in anti-gay douchiness. An Oregon bakery owner, Pam Regentin of Fleur Cakes, has refused to make a wedding cake for two brides-to-be, Erin Hanson and Katie Pugh, soley because they are gay.
"I mentioned Erin in passing," said Pugh of her future wife, "And said a 'she' in passing too, in the email. A few days later she called back… and verified it was a same-sex marriage." That's when Regentin refused to bake the wedding cake the couple had requested, with a lovely, "Not from my kitchen." When pressed by a local reporter, Regentin stated, "I believe I have the liberty to live by my principles."
Regentin isn't the first in Oregon, even, to deny cakes to gay couples. Salon has reported multiple cases of bakeries refusing to do business for gay weddings, including Aaron Klein, whose bakery came under fire after he declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple from his bakery, Sweet Cakes Bakery. "I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God," Klein told NBC. "A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife… that to me is the beginning of a marriage." Cling to his wife after moving out from his parent's basement? Looks like you have some of your own issues to sort out, dude.
The same thing has happened across multiple bakeries in the U.S., with one Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado reporting a boom in business Chik-fil-A style. In my opinion, if I know a bunch of assholes love to congregate in the same place, it's that much easier for me to avoid them. But that's just my personal theory. The law, on the other hand, counts this as discrimination in several states. Oregon's 2007 Equality Act mandates businesses provide full and equal accommodations "without any distinction on account of race, color, religion, sex, or sexual orientation." But these criminal bakers just had to stand by their morals. No cake for the sinners, they said. Only the worthy heterosexuals get that cake (cake cake cake cake cake cake).
In New Hampshire, politicians are pushing for legislations that may allow for bakeries, among other businesses, to refuse services to gays thanks to a clause that essentially amounts to this: "If you don't like the gays, you don't have to sell them stuff for their weddings!" In the fair state of Oregon, though, vendors like Regentin and Klein have no clause to hide behind. Couples like Katie Pugh and Erin Hanson have the legal right to have their cake and eat it too. Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.
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