Eugene bakery on Supreme Court case: 'We don't discriminate against anyone'
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Supreme Court heard the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying it goes against his religious beliefs.
Here in Eugene, we sat down with a local bakery to get their stance on religious liberty against anti-discrimination.
The Colorado situation took place in 2012.
"Our love is just as real and true as anyone else's and we deserve the right to live full lives in public without having that love turned into a weapon used to harm us and deny us the most basic of freedom," the Colorado couple said.
The Supreme Court heard arguments this week after an appeal from the baker, bringing artistic freedom and the First Amendment front and center.
We asked a local baker how many different things they’ve made if they have ever said they couldn't make something.
“The only things that we don't make are things that we just don't have enough staff to do,” said Cheryl Reinhart, co-owner of Sweet Life Patisserie, “but no, we haven't ever said to someone we won't do a wedding cake for you."
For Sweet Life, located in Eugene, being inclusive is a core fundamental of their business.
"This flyer we feel is important to let people know if they come through our door, they will be served no matter who they are; we don't discriminate against anybody."
And they've been reading up on the Supreme Court case.
"I feel like if a business is open to the public like that, they should be willing to serve anyone and not discriminate based on whether they are a same sex couple."
Oregon has an equality act which protects Oregonians from discrimination.
"We don't discriminate against anyone,” Reinhart said. “I think it's good though that there is a law to protect people from being treated as second class citizens."
Four years ago, a Gresham bakery was found guilty of discrimination for refusing service to a gay couple. While the Supreme Court's decision will not directly affect Sweet Life, "we like being a part of everyone's celebration of their love," said Reinhart.
It could set a precedent for other businesses.
The court is expected to make its decision in late June of 2018.