Duff Goldman said, “Wait — I can do something, there’s injustice involving a cake!”
Last month Aaron Klein, owner of the Sweet Cakes bakery, denied a request by a same-sex couple for a wedding cake because “they were abominations to the Lord.” According to KATU, the brides-to-be filed a complaint, and the Oregon Attorney General’s civil enforcement officers are investigation the discrimination claim. Klein told a KATU reporter, “I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages. I honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, [it’s] just something I believe in very strongly.”
However, according to the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, it is against state law to discriminate against people “based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.” Klein however, argues that because of his religious beliefs he is protected under the First Amendment, which he claims “allow me to practice my religion as I see it.”
Whether the Oregon Attorney General finds that Klein is guilty of discrimination or not, there is still a couple who is in need of a wedding cake. But thanks to Duff Goldman, the Baltimore-based pastry chef and star of “Ace of Cakes,” things may be turning around for the couple. Goldman told HuffPost Live, “I saw this story and was like, ‘Wait — I can do something, there’s injustice involving a cake!’” And he has sent out an open offer to the couple to bake and transport their wedding cake free of charge.
The one problem? The identities of the couple in question have not been released. So Goldman reached out through HuffPost Food on Twitter,
Goldman’s Blatimore bakery, Charm City Cakes, has been providing wedding cakes and bakery services to same-sex couples for quite a while. He said, “For a cake decorator to really feel like he really needed to take a stand…it just makes absolutely no sense. It’s petty, it’s small…this man has wrapped up his hatred in the cloak of religion.” According to ABC Goldman was also selected to do the cake for the second inauguration of President Obama on January, 21, 2013.
Watch the HuffPost Live interview: