Oregon Bakery Stands By Decision To Deny Same-Sex Wedding Cake

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon bakery stands by its decision to deny a cake for a same-sex wedding.

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa tell KATU-TV┬áthat their religious beliefs have not changed after Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries determined the Portland-area bakery violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple. Owner Aaron Klein says it almost seems as if the state is hostile toward Christian businesses.

Lewis & Clark law professor Jim Oleske says Oregon is one of 21 states that protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The state is now overseeing a conciliation process to see if the parties can reach a settlement.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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