DOJ Sues Christian Bakers For Refusing To Make Lesbian Couple Cake [Video]

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A lesbian couple is so offended that this Oregon bakery would not make them a same-sex cake that they sued them claiming they suffered ’emotional, mental and physical damages’ that added up to $150,000. They forced the family to close their shop, over what, a cake. 

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From Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling July 2,2015 ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.

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

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In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

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 “This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed, wrote on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

 The cease and desist came about after Aaron and Melissa Klein participated in an interview with Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. During the interview, Aaron said among other things, “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong.”

Lawyers for plaintiffs, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, argued that in making this statement, the Kleins violated an Oregon law banning people from acting on behalf of a place of public accommodation (in this case, the place would be the Kleins’ former bakery) to communicate anything to the effect that the place of public accommodation would discriminate.

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The lesbian couple claimed they suffered ‘mental and physical’ damages over a cake, what about the devastation caused to the family who lost their business and the means to support their family.

Administrative Law Judge Alan McCullough, who is employed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and was appointed by Avakian, threw out the argument in the “proposed order” he issued back in April.

But today, Avakian, who was in charge of making the final ruling in the case—and is also an elected politician—reversed that decision.

“The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation,” Avakian wrote.

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Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., speak exclusively with The Daily Signal about the fallout of their decision to decline baking a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Photos courtesy of Google

5 COMMENTS

  1. I seems hat the DOJ has a weird sense of priorities. I filed a civil complaint against a Huddle House Restaurant in Madison, NC. This restaurant refused me service because I had my registered service dog with me. Babygirl is lawfully registered through the Health & Human Division under the Americans with Disabilities Laws. I was not only refused, but I entered while in a medical crisis. My sugar was very low and I needed a soda. The Manager “Torie” refused me service even after I told her my medical crisis. I did not have any strength to leave being dizzy and disoriented. She called Law Enforcement reporting that I trespassing. When law enforcement arrived, they saw that I was a diabetic and that Babygirl was a service dog. I told the officers that I needed sugar. They told Torie to bring me a soda. She refused and ordered them to arrest me and impound Babygirl. The officer called EMS which sent an ambulance to the restaurant. After arriving, the paramedics gave me high glucose tabs which dissolved in my mouth bringing my sugar up. I wrote the Huddle House store and corporate offices telling them that I was prepared to file a complaint with the DOJ. The restaurant sent me a reply that if I ever returned they would have me arrested for trespassing. The Corporate office said that they had a strict “NO ANIMALS ALLOWED POLICY” and they had no interest or concerns about the DOJ. I prepared the proper paperwork for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and sent it to them. Six months later, I received a letter stating that my case did not meet the standards for any protection from the DOJ. Weird set of judicial priorities! I suppose that Huddle House pays the higher ups in the DOJ special fees and awards for immunity. That is what the Bakery should have done.

  2. the bakery violated the law. they were an open to the public bakery, not a private bakery only making religious cakes. they need to learn the laws of their state and abide.

    • Bullshit. If a bakery were asked by gays to make a cake in the shape of a penis or asshole and the bakery would not do it, is that discrimination?

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