Christian-Run bakery Under Fire for Refusing to Bake Wedding Cake for Lesbian Couple
- Category: U.S.
- Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:19
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian Press
According to The Oregonian, a Christian-run bakery in Oregon, “Sweet Cakes by Melissa,” is now under fire from the state’s labor commission for making a conscience-driven decision not to participate in a lesbian wedding ceremony.
The lesbian couple seeking services filed a formal complaint with the Oregon Labor Commission, which has launched an official investigation by the state attorney general’s office, that could lead to the prosecution of Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian couple which owns the bakery.
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn't mean that folks have the right to discriminate," Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said. "The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
Laurel Bowman filed a formal complaint against the bakery Jan. 18. The complaint alleges Aaron Klein refused Bowman's fiancée Rachel Cryer's order for a wedding cake.
The Klein's maintain their rights should be protected under freedom of worship and freedom of religious opinion laws.
“This is an unconscionable and unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment," said American Family Association president Tim Wildmon. "The Constitution doesn’t just guarantee a right to religious belief, it guarantees a right to the free exercise of religion. That’s what Oregon is trying to deny."
Advocacy groups like AFA take exception to the claim that businesses who don't support same-sex marriage need to be "rehabilitated."
“To say that this couple needs to be rehabilitated for believing and practicing the values on which this nation was founded is entirely beyond the pale," said Wildmon. "This sounds like Stalinist Russia or China under Mao, where those who thought for themselves were forced under government coercion into re-education camps. This is not the America that was given to us by our Founders."
In a statement AFA calls for the immediate resignation of Commissioner Avakian. A government official who is so fundamentally ignorant of the Constitution and its protections has no business in public office.”