Christian beliefs have been a target of the radical left for years.
They have led the charge to make it harder for Christians to practice their beliefs unencumbered.
And they just picked up a huge win in a state where Christian beliefs are now criminalized.
In 2013, a small baker in Oregon made national news after they politely refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Instead of finding another baker, the gay couple chose to sue them, leading towards a $135,000 fine for discrimination.
And just days ago, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld that ruling, siding with the gay couple.
As reported by KGW in Portland, OR:
“SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a ruling — and a $135,000 fine — that two Gresham bakery owners discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake, violating Oregon law.
The courts did reverse a portion of the Bureau of Labor and Industries decision that said Melissa and Aaron Klein violated Oregon law by communicating their intent to discriminate against same-sex couples in the future.
The appeals court decision, released Thursday, came almost nine months after attorneys representing the Kleins and the attorneys for the Bureau of Labor and Industries argued before the three-judge panel.
It came years after Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer first stopped at the Klein’s custom-cake bakery.
The couple had no idea a simple item on their pre-wedding to-do list would end in such controversy.
They decided to order a cake from Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Gresham bakery recommended by a relative, for their upcoming commitment ceremony. Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother stopped by the shop for a tasting and to order the cake.
When Aaron Klein found out the cake was for two brides, he told Bowman-Cryer he and his wife did not make cakes for same-sex weddings because of their religious beliefs.
According to a brief filed by the civil rights organization Lambda Legal, when Bowman-Cryer’s mother returned to the bakery to reason with Aaron Klein, he called her daughter and her soon-to-be daughter-in-law “abominations.”
The Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, alleging they were denied public accommodation of the Klein’s business services because of their sexual orientation.
BOLI investigators determined the refusal constituted unlawful discrimination and ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 in damages to the Bowman-Cryers.”
All that the Christian couple did was practice their beliefs.
They did not feel comfortable baking a cake for a wedding that they did not approve of.
And this ruling enshrines the fact that Christians do not have the full right to practice their faith in the state of Oregon.
While this ruling relates to a baker now, it is easily possible that it can be used to allow gay couples to force churches to host their weddings.
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