Another bakery in Oregon has refused to sell a cake to a same-sex couple for their commitment ceremony. Erin Hanson and Katie Pugh reached out to Fleur Cakes for a wedding cake for their celebration near Mt. Hood, but owner Pam Regentin made it quite clear she would not serve them because they are a same-sex couple. KATU News reporter Dan Cassuto reached Regentin by phone to confirm she understood she was clearly violating Oregon’s nondiscrimination law:
CASSUTO: Pam, are you aware that it’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation if you have a business that serves the public.
REGENTIN: I believe that I have the liberty to live by my principles.
The story parallels a similar instance of discrimination from earlier this year, when Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to provide a same-sex couple a cake because “marriage is a religious institution ordained by God.” The Oregon Labor Bureau is still processing a complaint filed by that couple.
Both these cases highlight how so-called “religious liberty” actually has nothing to do with marriage equality, because same-sex marriages are not even legally recognized in Oregon. The distinction between whether a business will serve a gay customer and whether a business will serve a gay marrying couple is insignificant, because either way, it’s discrimination based on sexual orientation. A Washington florist tried to make this same distinction, and now faces lawsuits from both the customers she refused service to and the state attorney general.