The Oregon bakery that made headlines back in February for refusing to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding is once again in the news, this time for shuttering its doors. The owners had cited their faith when reportedly telling the couple, “We don’t do same-sex marriages.”
The man had explained to media that he didn’t think his business should be punished for not providing a service to a customer, despite the fact that Oregon law prohibits business from denying “full and equal accommodations” for customers based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other factors.
“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.”
This month the couple filed a discrimination case in Oregon against the cake shop, reports the Willamette Week (via Eater), which could be linked to the store’s decision to close for good over the weekend.
According to an Aug. 30 post on the business’ Facebook page: “This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery. I will post our new number soon.”
Gresham Cake Bakery That Refused Service to Gays Has Closed [Willamette Week]