Anti-Gay Wedding Cake Shop Owner Cries Over Closing Business

Melissa Klein chose to close her wedding cake business instead of serving gay clients, and is apparently very emotional about it

This is the lesbian couple who won in their battle against discriminatory business practices.

Remember the controversy surrounding the Colorado bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa that refused to sell wedding cakes to gay couples? After a lengthy court process when a lesbian couple sued the company for $150,000 for refusing to serve them, cake shop owners Melissa and Aaron Klein have officially shut down their storefront.

The state had contended that there was a strong case that the couple had broken anti-discrimination laws, and rather than just serve any couple that walks into their shop, regardless of sexual orientation, the Kleins have decided to close Sweet Cakes. They will still be taking cake orders online, and Melissa is currently operating out of her kitchen.

After the Kleins announced their decision, Melissa Klein allegedly cried at the Values Voter Summit (a traditional marriage panel), and explained how difficult the year-long process has been.

"For me personally when I would sit down with them I just would want to know everything about her wedding,” Klein said at the summit, through tears.  “I'd want to know about the flowers, her dress, the centerpieces, her colors, the way her hair is going to be. I would even want to talk about 'where are you going on your honeymoon?’”

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi