What’s a wedding without a cake? A decidedly less delicious one, which is why couples heading for the altar are in the habit of testing out cakes before the big day so they can choose their favorite. In other words, they get to eat a lot of cake to find a winner. But one same-sex couple in Oregon is claiming in a complaint filed with the state’s attorney general’s office that their experience at a local bakery was far from fun when the owner refused to sell them a cake.
In the complaint, a Portland woman says she and her fiancée and her fiancée’s mother visited a local bakery for a cake testing in January, reports The Oregonian. But when the owner realized the cake was meant for a same-sex wedding, the women claim in a consumer complaint that he called them “abominations unto the lord.”
“We were then informed that our money was not equal,” one woman wrote in the complaint filed the next day. “My fiancée was reduced to tears.”
According to The Oregonian, the man who owns the bakery said that his business doesn’t discriminate when selling pastries and cakes to customers. But as same-sex marriage isn’t in line with his and his wife’s Christian faith, they have decided not to sell cakes for those occasions.
“I believe marriage is a religious institution between a man and woman as stated in the Bible,” he said. “When someone tells me that their definition is something different, I strongly disagree. I don’t think I should be penalized for that.”
He does deny calling the two women “abominations” and saying that their money wasn’t good enough.
Oregon law prohibits business from denying “full and equal accommodations” for customers based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other factors. As such, the attorney general’s office is investigating the matter, and is waiting on the bakery’s official side of the story.