Melissa and Aaron Klein -- the Oregon bakers and self-proclaimed "religious freedom" fighters who made headlines last year when they refused to serve a lesbian couple (and claimed their homophobic religious beliefs allowed them to violate the state's nondiscrimination law) -- are in the news again.
This time, it's because of a posting on the Sweet Cakes by Melissa Facebook page proudly displaying cakes they baked for the Restored Hope Network, an "ex-gay" organization that advocates for the discredited and dangerously abusive practice of "reparative therapy."
The Advocate reports:
"Cakes for Restored Hope Network. What a wonderful ministry!" the caption to a photo of five cakes adorned with the group's logo read, in addition to offering a link to the antigay group.
Restored Hope, which is helmed by "ex-lesbian" Anne Paulk, rose to prominence after the demise of Exodus International, formerly one of the most prominent ex-gay groups in the nation advocating for the belief that gay people can be turned straight through prayer, counseling, and "treatment."
So they won't bake a cake for loving gay couples, but they will gladly bake cakes for an organization that tells gay people that they are broken, sick, sinful, and in need of "repair." Classy, no?
It's not surprising, though: last year, when the bakery first made news for refusing to serve gay couples, reporters from the Willamette Week newspaper decided to test the depth of the Kleins' religious beliefs by getting price quotes for other "non-Christian" occasions like solstice parties, celebrations of divorce and unwed parenting, and non-kosher barbecues.
The bakery was more than happy to provide baked goods for each.