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Oct 16, 2016

Good riddance: Bigoted 'Sweet Cakes' bakery finally closes

Good riddance to bad rubbish: I'm very pleased to learn that the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon has finally closed, after a years-long battle over their mistreatment over LGBT customers. This news broke earlier this month, with Opposing Views reporting that the owners of Sweet Cakes announced the closure on Sept. 29. 

Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein launched themselves down the road to failure when they refused their business to a lesbian couple in 2012. By 2013, the couple found themselves the targets of a lawsuit launched by the couple. They also attracted the attention of national media and the scrutiny of people from one end of the country to the other. While they did gain support from conservatives and religious fanatics, they were still legally found to be in violation of Oregon state law, and were ordered to pay more than $100k for their behavior.
Here it is four years later, and Sweet Cakes by Melissa is finally closed. No longer will Aaron and Melissa Klein feel empowered to berate members of the LGBT community, who are simply looking for services that are otherwise offered to the public. Hopefully their story serves as a warning to other business owners who may feel that they are justified in discriminating against members of the public.

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