Owners Of Oregon Bakery That Refused To Bake Wedding Cake For Same-Sex Couple Fined $135,000
The owners of an Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple were ordered Thursday to pay $135,000 “in damages for emotional and mental suffering resulting from the denial of service.”
The ruling from Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian came after Sweetcakes By Melissa owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were found guilty in a preliminary finding earlier this year of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 2, 2015
Oregon law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The couple reacted to the ruling in a Facebook statement.
“This effectively strips us of all our first amendment rights. According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech,” the statement said. “We will NOT give up this fight, and we will NOT be silenced. We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for ALL americans.”
“We are here to obey God not man, and we will not conform to this world,” it continued. “If we were to lose everything it would be totally worth it for our Lord who gave his one and only son, Jesus, for us! God will win this fight!” More