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Food Network star saving same-sex wedding

A Gresham bakery's stand against gay marriage may be undermined by a baker with some street cred. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Duff Goldman

After learning Sweet Cake by Melissa refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman told the Huffington Post on Monday, Feb. 4 that he'd bake and deliver the couple a cake for free.

“For a cake décor like he really needed to take a stand... it just makes absolutely no sense,” Goldman told the Huffington Post in a video interview. “It's petty, it's small... this man has wrapped up (in a) cloak of religion.”

Goldman, whose show airs on the Food Network and was asked to make a cake for Barack Obama's second inauguration last month, said he's trying to get in touch with the couple. He also added that he's made same-sex wedding cakes for a while.

“I saw this story and I thought, 'Hey, I can do something,' ” said Goldman, who owns Charm City Cake in Baltimore, Md. “I will make the cake for free, drive it up to Portland just to right this wrong.”

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, at 44 N.E. Division St., told the same-sex couple that he wouldn't make them a cake based on his Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The couple filed a complaint with the state's Department of Justice, which is now investigating the bakery to determine if it violated Oregon's Equality Act. The law, which was passed in 2007, states that a place of public accommodation cannot refuse service passed on several classifications, including sexual orientation.



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