Works in Progress

RE: “Sweet Cakes by Melissa Didn’t Just Deny a Lesbian Couple Service, They Also Doxxed Them and Their Kids”

Not-so-sweet cakes, eh? In this article, the bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to bake and decorate a cake for a lesbian couple for their wedding. But the bakery owners, Melissa and Aaron Klein, took their discrimination a lot farther–to dangerous actions of exposing the women and their children to gobs of hate mail and threats active homophobes by posting their address on hate sites, until the family was forced to seek protection.

 I wouldn’t want to bake a cake for the KKK’s birthday if I ran a bakery business, or for a celebratory NAMBLA event (though I’d be glad to take money out of these organizations’ pockets). And if Melissa & Aaron Klein really think that would be analogous, may the universe help them. Legally, though, these scenarios could entail  unlawful discrimination against someone for their political beliefs, but because of the Klein’s actions, the case does not provide precedent to allow a person to exercise their own political beliefs in their public service business practice. So when Michigan’s ruling gets overturned, and Governor Brownback and his disciples get broiled federally or, say, Mormons and Muslims join forces to use the new Kansas “religious freedom” executive order to only perform bigamous weddings, no one can use this case to insist on their right to.

Perhaps the Kleins are some kind of socialists who believe that lesbians should only request donation vegan dog biscuits for their weddings because they already have enough of that sweet cake? Two per couple is twice as much as hets!

Adendum: Two females and a male want to get hitched? Let them eat cake, I say. Two males and a female, let them eat long john(s). Maybe I’ll start a bakery.

Additional sources:
HRC: Kansas Governor Brownback Issues Anti-LGBT Executive Order
KS Governor: Religious freedom to discriminate which federal law to follow

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