December 31, 2015
Melissa and Aaron Klein were given $500,000 in online donations
A bakery owned by a religious couple was fined $144,000 for declining an order to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s same sex marriage. They objected on the grounds of their religious beliefs. The Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Oregon has paid $144,000 of a $200,000 fine to Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, issued by President Obama’s Justice Department, which claims they should have registered as a religious organization. However, most bakeries do not register as religious institutions.
It is wrong for the government to ask someone to go against their religious convictions. What if someone went to a Muslim owned bakery and demanded they make a cake with an image of Muhammad on it, went it is forbidden to draw him in Islam. What if someone went to a Jewish owned bakery and demanded they make a Nazi cake. Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer should have sought a bakery that caters to same sex wedding cakes, as a number of religions forbid adherents from participating in it.
Baker to pay US$144,000 over lesbian wedding cake
A bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has paid them more than $200,000 but is still fighting. The owners of a US bakery who refused on religious grounds to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple have paid about US$144,000 ($210,000) in damages despite their ongoing appeal of the discrimination case.
The damages were ordered after Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Oregon, refused to bake a cake in 2013 when Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer were planning their nuptials. Aaron Klein handed the state a cheque for nearly US$137,000 on Monday, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries spokesman Charlie Burr said. The payment was first reported by the Oregonian newspaper.
The money was added to US$7000 received from the Kleins earlier this month through private collection efforts spearheaded by the state’s Department of Justice…