In 2007, an Oregon law took away the religious rights of all in lieu of the rights of the LGBT community. Sweet Cakes by Melissa became the victim of this law, when a lesbian couple refused to shop anywhere else for a wedding cake.
The Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, could not, due to religious conviction bake a gay wedding cake.
Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, could not, due to selfish conviction, take their business elsewhere and decided to sue instead because their feelings were hurt, reported Truth and Action.
The Kleins were not only bullied by Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, but also by the legislators of Oregon who took away their religious freedom and by Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian who handed down the penalty.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries says Aaron Klein, co-owner of the Portland-area bakery, dropped off a check Monday for $136,927.07. That includes accrued interest. Klein also paid $7,000 earlier this month.
Damages were awarded in July for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer. The bakers said their refusal was prompted by religious beliefs.
A 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. The state ruled it also bars private businesses from discriminating against potential customers.
Ultimately the guilty party is not Sweet Cakes by Melissa but rather the selfish women who chose to destroy the Kleins and the State of Oregon who trampled upon religious freedom.