Jul 5, 2015

Meme Brilliantly Demonstrates Why First Amendment’s Days Are Numbered…

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

Oregon’s labor commissioner issued a final decree on Thursday forcing the owners of a family bakery in Oregon to pay a lesbian couple $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for their wedding.

The commissioner, Brad Avakian, ruled that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, must pay the hefty sum to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for emotional anguish they claim to have suffered for being refused the cake.
“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” wrote Avakian, an elected official, according to The Oregonian. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”
Oregon’s Equality Act of 2007 prohibits businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation and other characteristics. …
On Jan. 17, 2013, Aaron Klein was working at the bakery when Rachel Cryer, as she was known then, entered the store and asked for a cake. Klein asked for the name of the bride and groom. When Cryer informed him that there would be two brides, Klein told her that he wouldn’t bake the cake.

“I said, ‘I’m very sorry, I believe I have wasted your time. We do not do cakes for same sex weddings,’” Klein told Cryer, he testified.
In Aug. 2013, the Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries over the denial. The agency opened an investigation and in Jan. 2014 filed charges against the Kleins for discrimination based on sexual orientation. …


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