Friday, July 3, 2015

Sweet Cakes by Melissa has to pay Lesbian Couple $135K for Discrimination


Well, the Sweet Cakes by Melissa lost the legal battle.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian just ordered them to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they refused to make a wedding cake for. The bakery was already charged for discrimination earlier in the year, but this ruling basically made it completely clear.

Here's more

Bakery owners Melissa and Aaron Klein cited their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage in denying service. The case ignited a long-running skirmish in the nation's culture wars, pitting civil rights advocates against religious freedom proponents who argued business owners should have the right to refuse services for gay and lesbian weddings.

Avakian's final order makes clear that serving potential customers equally trumps the Kleins' religious beliefs. Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot turn customers away because of race, sex, disability, age or religion, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a news release.

Melissa will probably go on a crying tour to rally up uber Christians and bigots.

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