Melissa Klein, the
owner of a now defunct Christian bakery, burst into tears while recollecting her beloved pastry shop to a panel during the Values Voter Summit this week. Just before breaking down, the true-victim stated that she would
“…just feel so honored to be part of such an amazing, special day.”
It’s a bit too late for that, however. Back in 2013, Klein was less than honored when she and her husband Aaron Klein denied a wedding cake to domestic partners Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman. Their reason for refusal of service?
“It’s a “violation of my conscience, I mean it’s a violation of my religious freedom.”
Unfortunately for the Kleins, their refusal to serve a lesbian couple just for being lesbians is an actual violation of the couple’s civil rights. You see, in Oregon, where the Kleins reside, there are laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Cryer and Bowman have successfully filed a complaint against “Sweet Cakes by Melissa.” Oregon labor investigators have found major evidence that the owners violated the couple’s civil rights.
The “oppressed” bakers eventually had to close the shop, citing an excess of $150,000 in damages for ‘standing up for their first amendment rights.’ Aaron Kline added:
“…it’s horrible to see your own government doing this to you.”
In the mean time, I think the Kleins need to read up on their state laws if they wish to do business in the future.
h/t: Talking Points Memo