Christian Bakers Fined $135,000 For Refusing To Make Wedding Cake For Lesbians


Goodbye freedom of religion, it was nice knowing you...


Todd Starnes reported:
The owners of a mom and pop bakery have just learned there is a significant price to pay for following their religious beliefs.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake them a wedding cake in 2013.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) awarded $60,000 to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for “emotional suffering.”

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” the final order read. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

According to the BOLI, the lesbian couple suffered great angst. One of the women “felt depressed and questioned whether there was something inherently wrong with the sexual orientation she was born with.” They said she had “difficulty controlling her emotions and cried a lot.”

In the article above, the Bureau of Labor said, "It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation." That's not exactly true. No person was ever refused service and kicked out of their store because they were gay.  The owners simply refused to make a specific cake that violated their religious belief

There's more here at OregonLive