Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding cake case

Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding cake case

Darren Sullivan
December 30, 2017

The Kleins are evangelical Christians. their lawyers argued in court that the government's penalties against the Kleins violated their rights to free speech, free exercise of religion, and due process under the U.S. Constitution.

The Kleins argued that they shouldn't be forced to make a cake in celebration of a gay wedding because it offends their religious beliefs, but the court ruled that that defense is a slippery slope that would allow more types of discrimination.

Despite this campaign, the bakery quietly shut down and appealed the fine.

The couple said they moved to OR because the state stands strong for equality and they are proud to raise their daughters where people believe in dignity and respect.

A Christian bakery which rejected a lesbian couple's request for a wedding cake has been ordered to pay them $135,000.

For the past ten years, the Oregon Equality Act of 2007 has protected Oregonians from unlawful discrimination in housing, employment and public places.

'Today's ruling sends a strong signal that or remains open to all, ' Avakian said after the 62-page opinion was released Thursday.

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Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer filed a formal complaint with the state labor bureau, which found the bakery had violated anti-discrimination laws and awarded the damages.

"The court's decision is unsurprising because it is consistent with decisions by courts across the country that have similarly refused to create a new constitutional right of businesses to exempt themselves from civil rights laws and harm same-sex couples through discriminatory denials of service", Marcus told NBC News via email.

"Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others". 'In a diverse and pluralistic society, people of good will should be able to peacefully coexist with different beliefs'.

The appeals court ruled that the OR law barring discrimination was clear, and the Kleins violated it by refusing service based on the couple's sexual orientation.

The appeals court verdict, released on Thursday, came nearly nine months after attorneys representing the Kleins and the attorneys for the Bureau of Labor and Industries argued before the three-judge panel.

"The Kleins seek an exemption based on their honest religious opposition to same-sex marriage; but those with honest religious objections to marriage between people of different races, ethnicities or faiths could just as readily demand the same exemption", the court said.