Wednesday, December 30, 2015

OR Bakers Pay $135K for Not Making Gays a Cake; Refused to Bake Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple

Oregon cake-makers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding have been fined $135,000 for their refusal, the Christian Headlines website reports today (December 30, 2015).

Aaron Klein, co-owner with his wife Melissa of the now-defunct Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, refused to bake a cake for the wedding of lesbian couple Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, because doing so was against their religious beliefs.

Klein complied with the state's demands that his bakery pay for emotional suffering caused to the lesbians by his refusal to bake them a cake. He issued a check in the amount of $136,927.07, which includes interest.

An Oregon law -- enacted in 2007 -- protects the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. It is also illegal for private businesses to discriminate against customers.

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