Christians Who Refused to Bake Cake for Gay Wedding Appeal $135,000 Fine
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Mar 03
The Christian couple in Oregon who were fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple recently discussed their appeal of the court’s decision.
The Blaze reports that Aaron and Melissa Klein who own the local bakery Sweet Cakes in Gresham, Oregon, talked with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to discuss the case against them and their decision to appeal the ruling.
First Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser, who is representing the Kleins, also joined the interview. The Kleins were given the significant fine for allegedly discriminating against gay customers, although they maintain that they did not refuse to serve gay customers, only to participate in making a cake for a gay wedding ceremony.
“As a general matter to both Kleins,” Carlson asked the couple, “did you have a practice of not serving gay people because they were gay?”
“No, we had no such litmus test for customers,” Aaron Klein answered. “We served everybody no matter who they were, every walk of life. That’s part of being open to the public.”
“These two women were in fact return customers,” added Melissa.
Sasser added that the Kleins could not discuss details of what happened in their case, due to a gag order from the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
“Yeah, what’s unfortunate about this,” Sasser explained, “is that we have people of good will on all sides, and we live in a pluralistic society, we gotta try to figure out how to get along. And what we’re simply fighting for is tolerance and respect and the dignity of all people to be able to carry out their lives in the way that they see fit.”
The Kleins case may end up being appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
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Publication date: March 3, 2017