A baker refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, even though one of the women was a previous customer of his, ABC News reports Feb. 2.
Aaron Klein, who owns Sweet Cakes bakery in Gresham, Ore., claims he was standing by his religious beliefs by saying no to making a wedding cake for a customer who once went to his bakery for her mother's wedding cake. It was actually the woman's partner who went to Sweet Cakes on Jan. 17 and was denied the service.
"I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages,” Klein told Portland's KATU. “I honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, [it's] just something I believe in very strongly."
A complaint by the bride-to-be was filed with the Oregon Dept. of Justice on Jan. 28. Klein believes that by acting on his religious beliefs, they are protected by his Constitutional rights in the First Amendment. Under the states's equality act, there isn't an anti-discrimination law for religious beliefs, KATU reports. A judge will make the decision in this case.