Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery service with stores in both Gresham and Portland OR which refused to bake a lesbian couples wedding cake almost two years has been found guilty that they unlawfully discriminated against a same-sex couple by denying them full and equal access to a place of public accommodation” by refusing to bake them a wedding cake.
Oregon Live reports today. Judge Alan McCullough “found that the undisputed facts in the case supported charges of unlawful discrimination under the Oregon Equality Act.”
The ruling clears the way for a March 10 hearing which will convene to award damages to the same-sex couple, who at the time were Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, and are now the Bowman-Cryers. over the business owners’ alleged religious beliefs and the violation of their customers’ civil rights.
Aaron and Melissa Klein the owners of SCBM have been the poster-bigots du jour of the Family Research Council’s latest “religious liberty” crusade.
READ MORE ABOUT THE “SWEET CAKES” CASE HERE.
Source: The New Civil Rights Movement
Matt Stolhandske, a self-described evangelical Christian and board member of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, a “Christian group” focused on having “gay unions” instead of same-sex marriages recognized by the Government, on Friday wrote in a column published on the Washington Post website explaining why he and his group are raising money in hopes of covering the fine levies on Melissa and Aaron Klein, the anti-gay owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” a bakery in Portland, Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding
Stolhandske wrote, ‘The Kleins say the $150,000 fee will bankrupt her family. I’m raising money to help offset that cost. I’ll send whatever we raise along to the Klein family with a message of love and peace. I don’t want them to suffer. But I am also pleading with them and other Christians to stop using the name of Jesus to explain to the LGBT community why we don’t deserve access to the civil rights afforded to heterosexuals through the legal institution of marriage.’
The Kliens assert that they were expressing their religious freedom when they turned down the couple’s order and have since jumped on the Family Research Council hate group bandwagon appearing at the last Values Voters Summit.
Stolhandske says he expects criticism from the gay community for extending an ‘olive branch.’ “You’re an apologist for homophobes,” they tell me.
And they are right.
Source: Gay Star News