Bakers face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

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Christian Couple Faces $135,000 Fine. Samaritan’s Purse

(SOURCE)  The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith.

A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a wedding cake. 

As a result – Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they own — including their home.

The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

The controversy started in 2013 when Aaron Klein declined to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding. Later that year, the women filed a complaint against Klein and his wife, Melissa.

 “The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants,” read a statement by the BOLI to the Oregonian. “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. Our agency is committed to fair and thorough enforcement of Oregon civil rights laws, including the Equality Act of 2007.”

Within hours of the ruling, the Family Research Council facilitated the establishment of a GoFundMe account to help the Kleins raise the money the need. In less than eight hours, more than $100,000 was raised.

However, late Friday GoFundMe pulled the plug — sending this message to would-be donors:

“After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions,” the message read. “The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins blasted the harsh penalty levied against the Kleins.

“The state of Oregon has given a new meaning to shotgun weddings,” Perkins said. “You will be forced to participate in same-sex weddings and violate your beliefs.”

Perkins wondered what impact the Oregon ruling would have on religious freedom across the country.

“If Americans are not free to decline to be involved in a specific activity that violates their beliefs, then we are not free,” he said. 

It’s not exactly clear what led GoFundMe to drop the fundraising drive – but Perkins blamed it on gay activists.

“This reveals two very important aspects of the redefinition of marriage, Americans are not going along with it and two – the intolerance of those trying to redefine marriage is historically unprecedented,” Perkins said.

Samaritan’s Purse a Christian ministry run by Franklin Graham, has stepped up and offered to raise funds for the embattled Christian couple. The website can be found here.

Aaron Klein told me they will appeal the judge’s recommended fine. 

“All Americans should be free to live and work by their faith without the fear of the government punishing them,” he told me.

Klein told me the gay rights activists won’t be satisfied until her family is living in a homeless shelter.

“This is not coming out of our business assets – the business has already been shuttered,” he said. “This is coming out of personal property. They want to take our house. They want to put us out on the street.”

Melissa told me the state of Oregon is trying to send a message to Christian business owners.

“They are trying to say — look what will happen to you if you decide to live by your faith,” she said. “They won’t be satisfied until we lose everything.”

The Kleins said they were incredibly moved by the generosity of their supporters. 

And while they were disappointed that GoFundMe removed the campaign – they are not upset.

“If GoFundMe does not believe in our cause or what we are doing — that’s their right,” Aaron told me. “And that’s what we are fighting for. We should have that right, too. If it goes against our faith or beliefs we should be able to say we won’t do that.”

The Kleins also had kind words for Franklin Graham. They talked by telephone on Friday.

“A while ago Franklin told me that if I needed anything to give him a call,” Aaron said. “So I called him after the verdict. He said to not get discouraged — that God is good.”

7 thoughts on “Bakers face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

  1. Amen God is good. Jesus said we would suffer because of him this is clearly a modern day example of his teachings. I fear that this will only get worse unless Christians find their voices and stand up to the gay activists. There are so many Christians in theory we should have no problems winning every battle against Gods word. I am confused as why Christians are changing their views or staying quitet.

  2. Amen Rebecca. We should be using God’s word and prayer to win these battles. We are not fighting flesh, but evil spirits. God bless!

  3. Shameful of this Oregon Law!! The Abomination Group LGBTQP MAFIA is UNGODLY / UNHOLY!!

    Please PRAY for our Judeo-Christian Nation USA and Israel-Yisrael Everyday Everyone!! Please PRAY for this Christian Couple!!

    Love Always, YSIC \o/


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  5. Wow!
    And so persecution is here in the ‘land of the free’.
    This takes intolerance to the next level. Amazing how these days tolerance is a one way street.
    Everyone has the God given RIGHT to follow their heart and beliefs with malice toward none. Where is the malice? – in refusing to bake a cake – really… I’m sure there are other bakeries that would have accommodated them. And to consider monetary reproach is absurd.
    God bless Franklin Graham, more preachers should stand for religious injustice. God bless people for their generosities, even though it should not have been considered for “hurt feelings”. This was not a ‘hate-crime’, no one was physically hurt, no one was left without other options. It’s a difference of opinions, which I thought we still had in this country.

    Where is the liberty to practice our faith? Or our right to do so? This country has gone topsy-turvey on its views on freedom. Until we loose them and wondered where they gone…with absurdities like this able to flourish. Do we not have other more serious matters for the courts to attend to..?..
    God will hold us accountable for keeping silent, for fear of rocking the boat and having the crowd against us. This reminds me of the crowd that cheered ‘Hosanna, Hosanna’ at Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem, Passover week; then turning on Him— . That was a crime! A physical, demeaning crime.
    We must be strong, stay true to God, pray without ceasing, loving the individual without violating biblical principals. God is great! and has already answered this couples hardships with the generosities of people standing with them.

    I feel this is only the crack in the iceberg, if “marriage” is redefined in June by the courts, worst mayhem will follow. Planet earth has an evil spirit working overtime to destroy everything that’s considered sacred to Our Father in heaven. Stay in His grace for the iceberg is about to get shaken out of its place…
    I pray for all individuals to see clarity in this struggle of self-will VS God’s will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
    God bless us all.

  6. Thanks for your comment SweetJava! You know, the people who claim that they want tolerance seem to be the most intolerant people of all! They want everything for themselves, yet don’t want others to follow their own beliefs and convictions. This is the world we now live in and God will judge very soon! God bless!

  7. They know they can pick on Christians because if they tried it with muslims they would be minus a head.

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