Religious Liberty: Defendant in high-profile discrimination case deposits money with state, will continue to appeal verdict.

Religious Liberty: Defendant in high-profile discrimination case deposits money with state, will continue to appeal verdict.

By Nigel Jaquiss- Via WWeek- Aaron Klein changed his mind. Since July, Klein has refused to comply with an order from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries that he pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for whom Klein's Gresham bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, refused to make a wedding cake. But today, without fanfare, Klein walked into BOLI's Portland office and handed over a check for $136,927.07, an amount that includes accrued interest. Depositing the check doesn't mean that Klein and his wife and business partner, Melissa Klein, have given up: Although they are no … [Read more...]

This is what tyranny looks like “We neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

This is what tyranny looks like “We neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

By Kelsey Harkness Via Daily Signal- Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from … [Read more...]

Christian Bakery That Refused Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple Closes After Death Threats

Christian Bakery That Refused Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple Closes After Death Threats

via Daily MailChristian bakers who refused to make wedding cake for lesbian couple forced to close after death threats 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' refused to a make wedding cake for lesbian couple Owners Melissa and Aaron Klein said serving same-sex couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer would have violated their religious beliefs Authorities investigating if the bakery discriminated against the women Bakery owners received death threats and hate mail since January incident  Last weekend was their last operating from their Oregon shop A Christian bakery that refused to make a … [Read more...]