Sweat Cakes Bakery
As it so happens I walk by this bakery on a fairly frequent basis. On warmer days their back door is often open and glancing in the back room there's typically a couple of guys bustling around a table in a very, very pink painted kitchen. On one occasion one of the guys (the owner as it turns out) nodded pleasantly enough, and I thought "He's kinda cute, I wonder... the place is so pink and with a name like Sweet Cakes???" So when I read the headline about Sweet Cakes Bakery in Gresham denying service to a same-sex couples request for a wedding cake, I was a little bemused. I guess you shouldn't judge by appearance, but I'd have thought the bakery was at least a gay friendly establishment. Then I read the story in its entirety and my chagrin turned to frustration and even anger. My first impulse was to rush to the computer and post a rather heated and perhaps a little nasty comment. "They should be closed down! How dare they discriminate against my people!!!"
Owner Aaron Klein
Well, a cooler head prevailed and after sleeping on it here is my opinion. A business open to the public must serve everyone equally and without bias. No matter what you or your employees religious beliefs, likes, dislikes or personal biases may be, at the end of the day you are serving the public. Personally to me a sale is a sale and more money in the till. I think Sweet Cakes could have taken the high road, even capitalized on the GLBT community with its fancy fun cakes and desserts, pretty pink interiors, and handsome proprietor to boot ;-) But alas they chose the low road and although I can't speak for everyone I know myself and my community will not be patronizing this establishment until their policies are changed to be all-inclusive and not discriminatory against anyone. I applaud the couple who brought this to light and encourage others to do the same so that as a community we can expose those businesses who discriminate. Perhaps we can change their bias policies by not only using our voices but who we choose to patronize. I hope Sweet Cakes will change their policies and encourage them to do so. That would be really, really SWEET!
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