All Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer wanted for their wedding was a beautiful cake. However, when they visited Sweet Cakes by Melissa, they got something altogether different.
The owners of the Oregon bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein, refused to bake a cake for the couple, claiming making the cake for a gay wedding violated their Christian religious beliefs.
Oregon law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, so on July 2, Oregon Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, ordered the Kleins to pay up for the emotional damages inflicted on the same-sex couple. Since then, the Kleins have refused to cooperate with the court order that they pay $136,000 to Rachel and Laurel. However, on December 29th, Aaron Klein finally delivered the check for the entire amount, including accrued interest. There was a glimmer of hope that the Kleins had come to their senses, but that quickly dampened when one of Aaron Klein’s attorney’s issued the following statement:
“Aaron and Melissa Klein are devoted to honoring God in every aspect of their lives, including how they conduct themselves in this litigation. Oregon law requires that as they appeal the Oregon government’s decision denying them their First Amendment rights, they must either pay the amount imposed by the Oregon government, or obtain a bond for the amount of the judgment. The least expensive option to stay in compliance with the law was to pay the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries funds that will be kept in a separate account until they prevail in their court appeal.”
So, unfortunately, the Kleins didn’t go quiet into the night, and they will continue to appeal the decision. However, our hope is that common sense and love will prevail in the end.