Two new developments in the case of Melissa and Aaron Klein (Sweet Cakes Bakery) who were preliminarily fined $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a same-sex “marriage.”
1. The preliminary ruling of a $135,000 was made firm and final.
2. The Kleins were ordered to be silent about the case.
Opening excerpt (bold print added):
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 speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.
Where would this couple be with the pro bono legal work performed on their behalf ? They are not even doing very well with it.
And, by the way, a same-sex couple deserves $135,000 ($75,000 to one woman and $60,000 to the other) for the “harm” done to them by the Kleins’ declination? There were no other bakers in the area willing to take the couples’ business? No offense to the Kleins, but can their cakes be that much better than everyone else’s?
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