Sweetcakes by Melissa v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (Oregon Court of Appeals, 2016)

This case involves a lesbian couple that was turned away by an Oregon bakery whose owners refused to make a cake for the couple’s wedding. The Oregon Labor Commissioner found that the bakery owners had violated Oregon law by discriminating against the women on the basis of their sexual orientation.

The bakery and its owners appealed the Commissioner’s ruling to the Oregon Court of Appeals citing their Christian beliefs against marriage equality. In their opening brief, they argue that enforcing the nondiscrimination law against them is unconstitutional. ADL submitted a brief urging the court to affirm the Commissioner’s decision and reject arguments that religious or moral disapproval is a legitimate basis for discrimination against minority groups.