Judge Finds Christian Bakers Guilty of Discrimination, Fines May Put Company Out of Business
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Feb 04
Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein have been found guilty of discrimination reports Fox News.
The Christian couple who operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa denied an order to make a cake for a lesbian couple in 2013. After two years of legal proceedings, a judge ruled in favor of the homosexual couple; the Kleins discriminated against the couple on account of their sexual orientation.
Paul Thompson, who represented the lesbian couple in court told The Oregonian, “You cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The entire time, I felt the law was very much on our side because the law is black and white.”
The Kleins could be forced to pay up to $200,000 for refusing the service. The couple now awaits a hearing March 10 to determine the exact amount they must pay. Christian News Network reports that the couple said last October that a high fine would “definitely” cause the family to declare bankruptcy.
Aaron Klein told Todd Starnes, “There’s nothing wrong with what we believe. It’s a biblical point of view. It’s my faith. It’s my religion.”
Publication date: February 4, 2015