Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding cake case

Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding cake case

Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding cake case

Yet the Kleins failed to prove their case against Avakian, the AP story reported, and Avakian proclaimed the court ruling shows or is "open to all".

The Kleins felt that designing and making the cake to celebrate the 2013 same-sex wedding would violate their Christian faith.

An Oregon judge has ruled that Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Portland will be forced to pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, said KOIN Channel 6 on Thursday.

In a statement, Cryer and Bowman applauded the court ruling saying, "All of us are equal under the law and should be treated equally".

The Oregon court said the Kleins" argument that their cakes entail an artistic expression is "entitled to be taken seriously, ' but it's not enough for the couple to assert their cakes are pieces of art - they must show others perceive their creations like a sculpture or painting. The law provides an exemption for religious organizations but does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Their lawyers also said Mr Avakian and the state Bureau of Labor and Industries violated the Kleins' rights as artists to free speech, their rights to religious freedom and their rights as defendants to a due process.

"We believe that freedom of expression for ourselves means freedom of expression for others", said Mike Berry, a First Liberty attorney, via Skype.

Shackelford added, "In a diverse and pluralistic society, people of goodwill should be able to peacefully coexist with different beliefs".

The case will likely now be appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court.

The appeals court verdict, released on Thursday, came nearly nine months after attorneys representing the Kleins and the attorneys for the Bureau of Labor and Industries argued before the three-judge panel.

Marcus said she hopes the "fundamental constitutional principle recognized by the OR court" on Thursday will "be affirmed by the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop as well". First Liberty Institute, a national religious freedom law firm, represents the Kleins in their appeal along with former President George H.W. Bush White House Counsel Boyden Gray.

In the ruling, Judge Chris Garret wrote that Avakian's order does not violate the Klein's free speech rights because it simply "requires their compliance with a neutral law".

Through tears, Klein said she poured her heart and passion into each cake and designed each one to fit each couple perfectly.

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