Oregon to probe refusal of same-sex wedding cake



PORTLAND — A same-sex couple who tried to buy a cake for their wedding in January has filed a discrimination complaint against the Gresham bakery that turned them down on religious grounds.

The Oregonian reports the state Bureau of Labor and Industries will investigate whether the business violated a 2007 state law that protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.

The couple who operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa cited their Christian faith and right to religious freedom.

The state labor bureau says it’s the 10th complaint in five years of discrimination in a public place based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Of the other nine, four were unsubstantiated, three resulted in negotiated settlements, one was privately settled and one is pending.