Oregon’s Court of Appeals found that Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of ‘Sweet Cakes by Melissa’, were guilty of illegally discriminating against a same-sex couple in 2013 when, for religious reasons, they refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The bakers had to pay a $135K fine for ’emotional damage’ and lost their business. The Christian couple’s attorneys argued in favor of the First Amendment in refusing to make the cake, while the lesbian couple argued that all people should be treated equally under the law. A similar case from Colorado will be tried by the Supreme Court in June. [What part of the Constitution or logic says that a free people should be forced against their will to perform services for anyone who demands it? Forget ‘religious reasons” and forget ‘freedom of speech”. If you do not like my face, or body odor, or life style, or vulgar language or anything else, why should you be compelled by law to associate with me and serve my demands? This is not the proper function of the state. See The Creed of Freedom.] -GEG
An Oregon court upheld a January decision forcing two Christian bakery owners to pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a lesbian wedding cake.
On Thursday, the state’s Court of Appeals found Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Melissa and Aaron Klein illegally discriminated against a same-sex couple in February 2013.
The Kleins had cited religious objections for not wanting to bake the cake, but the court ruled the refusal was in violation of an Oregon law which restricts businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation.
The bake shop, located in Gresham, was forced to close under intense criticism, but donations allowed the couple to operate the business out of their home up until October 2016.
“We lost everything we loved and worked so hard to build,” Melissa Klein told KATU. “I loved my shop. It meant everything to me and losing it has been so hard for me and my family.”
Lawyers defending the Kleins argued in March the court was violating the bakers’ First Amendment-protected free speech rights.
“We believe that freedom of expression for ourselves means freedom of expression for others,” an attorney for the First Liberty Institute said. “And what’s unfortunate here is that a family and their business has been punished because of their religious beliefs. And that’s not America. That’s just flat out wrong.”
The lesbian couple, Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her partner Laurel, were pleased with the court’s decision.
“All of us are equal under the law and should be treated equally. Oregon will not allow a ‘Straight Couples Only’ sign to be hung in bakeries or other stores,” they said in a statement.
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