The Supreme Court on Monday tossed out an Oregon court ruling against baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for lesbians.
The court issued an order telling judges in Oregon to reexamine the case in light of Supreme Court decision ruling on Colorado baker who had been a subject to anti-religious harassment and bullying when a state civil rights commission determined he had violated anti-discrimination laws by refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple.
Breitbart reported that attorneys for Oregon bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein argued that similar anti-religious hostility was behind a state administrative ruling that required the Klein’s to pay a monetary penalty for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian couple in 2013. They also argued that requiring the couple to bake the cake violated their first amendment free speech rights by compelling them to express an opinion with which they disagreed.
Here’s how Bretibart’s Thomas D. Williams described the background to the case:
In one of the most notorious religious liberty cases in recent years, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were found guilty of discrimination in 2013 of for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it violated the tenets of their Christian faith.
The court sentenced the Christian couple to a fine of $135,000 for the “emotional damage” they had allegedly caused the lesbian pair. Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer had accused the Kleins of “mental rape,” adding that they had suffered a “loss of appetite” and “impaired digestion” from the ordeal, which remarkably led to simultaneous “weight gain.”
In 2015, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian slapped a gag order on the Kleins, following the couple’s 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.”
“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.
“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” wrote the Kleins on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”
“We lost everything we loved and worked so hard to build,” she said.
The harassment of bakeries across the country is a story we are too familiar with. The homosexual activists sole job is to harass bakers that have Christian beliefs. They are putting them out of business and bankrupting them with legal fees for this sole reason. It should be considered a HATE CRIME. The same sex couples ould have easily had their cake made at a multitude of other bakeries willing to celebrate their so-called marriage. But instead, they target Christian folks, whom they hate already, in order to participate int their sanctimonious event? To these people activism comes first, and their special event second. Thank God that the SCOTUS saw what was happening and shut it down.