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Duggars promote discriminatory bakers, improper pluralization

by Jeremy Hooper

Aaron and Melissa Klein are the proprietors of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery that caught national attention for unlawfully denying a lesbian couple who sought their business. The Kleins have admitted that they discriminated because they believe homosexuality is a sin, and they have owned up to the fact that they turned away other gay customers before they were finally called out for doing so. They also recently baked cakes for a very fringe "ex-gay" organization, adding even more insight into their deeper agenda (hint: it's not just about marriage).

But they are apparently in the good graces of TV's popular Duggar family. The TLC reality stars dined with the Kleins at this weekend's Values Voter Summit, and they are now promoting their story in an improperly punctuated tweet:

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[Duggar Fam]

"Their story" begins and ends at flouting nondiscrimination laws that they determined should not have to apply to them. That's it. This is the sole reason why the Kleins are known on any grand scale, and the reason why the anti-gay far-right continues to exploit their story.

But it's not a surprise to see the Duggars yet again carrying water for the anti-gay movement; this is what they do, and increasingly so. I just wish a mainstream media that continues to present this family as a fun novelty story would pay attention to what's really going on. There is a lot going on behind the fluffy reality TV facade.

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