Published On: Thu, Feb 5th, 2015

Judge rules Sweet Cakes guilty in ‘gay cake’ lawsuit

Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein have been found guilty of discrimination, a case that began in 2013 when the couple denied an order to make a cake for a lesbian couple.

An Oregon administrative law judge ruled that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa did, in fact, discriminate when they declined to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because it would have violated their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage.

The judge’s ruling paves the way for a March 10 hearing at which the Christian business owners could be ordered to pay $200,000 in fines and damages.

 "Lesbian" wedding mock-cake at the Roma Gay Pride in 2008. Picture by Stefano Bolognini via wikimedia commons.

“Lesbian” wedding mock-cake at the Roma Gay Pride in 2008. Picture by Stefano Bolognini via wikimedia commons.

“You cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation,” Paul Thompson, the attorney representing the lesbian couple, told The Oregonian. “The entire time, I felt the law was very much on our side because the law is black and white.”

You can read the judge’s 52-page order here.

Investigators concluded the bakers had violated the couple’s rights to equal treatment in places that serve the public. State law bans discrimination against LGBT people in places that serve the public — and that includes bakeries.

“They’re trying to push us into the closet for being Christians,” Chris Klein said to Fox News.

“There’s nothing wrong with what we believe. It’s a biblical point of view. It’s my faith. It’s my religion.”

“The Founding Fathers said we have the inalienable rights given by God — not man,” he said. “Let’s exercise those rights.”

The question now is how much the Kleins will be forced to pay. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian will decide, and history proves he’s no friend of the Christian bakers.

In 2013, Avakian told The Oregonian that it is the government’s desire was to rehabilitate businesses like the one owned by the Kleins.

“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate.”

The word “rehabilitate” caused Todd Starnes to raise an eyebrow: “Rehabilitate? He wants to ship the Christians off to a government-sanctioned re-education camp?…I’m afraid there are more narrow-minded government officials just like Avakian.”

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