This week an Oregon based bakery owned by a Christian family announced that it would be closing shop after being harassed by the LGBT community for declining to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa said that the closure came on the heels of immense pressure by the LGBT community through death threats, protests, and boycotts.
“The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop,” said Aaron Klein, the owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
“They have killed our business through mob tactics.”
Klein explained this wasn’t a matter of “homophobia” rather it was about his family’s personal beliefs. “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”
This isn’t the first instance of Christian business owners feeling the pressure of forgoing their deeply-held religious beliefs.