Friday, April 24, 2015

Discrimination is expensive - Oregon baker fined $135K (FRC)

Family Research Council is not exactly the most reliable source of information. I cannot confirm that any of the following is accurate. In fact, there is likely more to this story. According to FRC in an email to supporters:
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins made the following statement after an Oregon administrative judge today issued an order demanding that Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, pay fines to the State of Oregon totaling $ 135,000 because they declined baking a cake for a same-sex wedding in January 2013 based upon their religious beliefs:

"What happened today is an egregious assault on the freedom Americans have to peaceably live their lives according to their beliefs.

"An Oregon judge made clear in no uncertain terms to the Kleins and all Oregonians that the state has the right to demand that citizens engage in activities that violate their beliefs and if they refuse, they will lose their ability to make a living. In a free country, this is a ruling that cannot and must not stand."
This goes on and on but you get the idea. Later this evening I will try to track this down.

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