On Sep. 1 Oregon Live announces that Sweet Cakes by Melissa has closed it's doors, but will be making the transition to an at-home bakery for custom cakes. Saturday was the last official day the shop was open. Anyone wanting to order from the Kleins can do so by the shop's Facebook page or by placing an order through email at email@example.com.
Earlier this year, the Gresham bakery stirred up quite a controversy when they refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it went against their religious beliefs. The couple filed a suit with the state of Oregon claiming discrimination against their sexual orientation.
In the end, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman received a cake from Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes, as well as the local same-sex couple owned bakery, Pastry Girl. the complaint lodged alleges that the bakery violated Oregon laws that prohibits businesses from discriminating because of sexual orientation.
Aaron Klein, part owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, says that his bakery will sell to anyone regardless of sexual orientation, but they will not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it goes against their Christian beliefs.
Many Gresham residents say that they aren't surprised the shop closed, because, despite this complaint, they had several horrible reviews on Yelp and around the web about their bad service and poor quality cakes in general.