“Ace of Cakes” Chef Duff Goldman Offers to Bake Wedding Cake For Same-Sex Coupled Denied by Local Bakery

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,

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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:

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  1. Although I disagree with John Schtoll. I noticed that no one was willing address if they themselves owned a business if the would want to have the right to refuse service to anyone they want.

    Personally I would serve the couple but I would want the right to refuse if I wanted to.

    • Then you want McDonalds and other stores to have the right to pick who they serve and who they won’t, base on whims of the owner/manager/employees present?

      Want white-only restaurants back?

  2. Joanna Schroeder says:

    Now I want to watch Ace of Cakes!!

  3. John Schtoll says:

    I find it odd , very odd in fact that only a couple of days ago we celebrated a waiter who decided not to service someone who was rude to a child and he was a HERO, here we have someone who decided not to serve a gay couple and he is evil.

    Me, If I owned a bakery I would serve that couple BUT, IMHO I should have the right to serve or not servce whoever I want.

    If you owned a business wouldn’t you want the right to not service a neonazi, or would you agree with the state telling you that you had to serve them.

    • Nick, mostly says:

      I find it odd that you can’t see the difference in those two scenarios.

      Be that as it may, being an asshole isn’t a protected class while being homosexual is, hence the disparity in treatment that is allowed under the law.

    • Simple really. The person in question in the 1st scenario was rude to a child. That’s behavior. You can choose to be nice to someone or to be a complete jerk. Because he chose to be a jerk, the waiter also chose not to serve him, hence sending a reminder to be nicer to your fellow human beings, always a commendable trait.

      Was the couple who tried to order the cake rude in anyway? We don’t know but I’m thinking they were probably pretty nice about it because the only reason the bakery owner had for service refusal was gender. Now THAT’s discrimination.

      Boggles the mind that one of the christians’ messiah most powerful commandment was, “Love one another”, yet some of these people continue to perpetuate hate and intolerance in the name of the same messiah. Unreal.

    • It’s simple, really. In both cases, the offender was displaying bigoted behavior. In the case of the man in the restaurant being rude to a child, that child was a Downs Syndrome child. In the case of a bakery refusing to make a cake for a same-sex couple, well, um, do I have to spell it out for you?

      Certainly, that bakery chose not to make a cake because two women were getting married. Had they been planning some nefarious plot to take over the world with wedding confections, perhaps the owner would be within his/her rights to refuse them service. But even that won’t wash in the US of A, where any wing nut can buy a gun and go shoot whatever he wants.

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