You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It – ConspiracyOz

This is the start of many more Fines to come – Mick Raven

www.theguardian.com

4th July 2015

Oregon bakery that refused same-sex couple owes US $135,000 in damages

Bureau of Labor and Industries’ ruling comes after Portland-area shop Sweet Cakes by Melissa would not bake wedding cake, but bakers could appeal

SSM

Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The owners of a Portland-area bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple must pay $135,000 in damages, the bureau of labor and industries has ruled.

The damages are for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to bake a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer.

A 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It provides an exemption for religious organisations, but the agency ruled that exemption does not allow private businesses to discriminate against potential customers.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal,” Oregon labor commissioner Brad Avakian said in the final order.

In April, an administrative law judge proposed the same damages.

The bakers said their refusal to bake for the couple was prompted by religious beliefs. The case has been cited in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against gays.

Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein closed their Gresham store in 2013 and operate the business from home. They can still file an appeal with the Oregon court of appeals.

One of the Kleins’ attorneys, Anna Harmon, criticised the order, saying it was a case of “an overpowered elected official using his position to root out thought and speech with which he personally disagrees”.

Avakian’s order is unconstitutional, Harmon said, because “the right to speak freely, to think uniquely, and to live according to our faith is the bedrock of this country”.

But Jeana Frazzini, co-director of the gay-rights group Basic Rights Oregon, praised the order.

“This case struck a chord with many Oregonians because allowing businesses to deny goods and services to people because of who they are and whom they love is hurtful and wrong,” she said in a statement.

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Posted on September 18, 2017, in ConspiracyOz Posts. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. More updated links to this Story – Mick Raven

    Q&A Never mind same-sex marriage, should we keep marriage at all
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/q-and-a-should-anyone-get-married-at-all/8893630

    SSM postal surveys left out in the rain, damaged at Canberra apartments
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-16/same-sex-marriage-postal-surveys-left-out-in-the-rain/8952156

    SSM: Schoolkids to role-play ‘as if homosexual’
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/eric-abetz-warns-gay-sex-role-play-in-schools-under-ssm/8950952

    SSM Catholic school parents in NSW urged to vote no in postal survey
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/catholic-school-parents-urged-vote-no-same-sex-marriage-survey/8950478

    Anti-gay cake bakers fined $170,000 for refusing order
    https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/anti-gay-cake-bakers-fined-170000-refusing-order/2620880/

    Irish bakery found guilty of discrimination after refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake order
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-19/irish-bakery-fined-after-refusing-gay-marriage-cake-order/6482280

    ‘Gay cake’ row born-again Christian bakers lose court appeal
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/24/born-again-christian-ashers-bakery-lose-court-appeal-in-gay-cake-row

    SSM survey Malcolm Turnbull says churches free to marry who they want, despite John Howard criticism
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/malcolm-turnbull-rejects-john-howard-same-sex-marriage-criticism/8949494

    Gay wedding cakes in Australia Bakers will be banned from refusing to make same sex cakes
    http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/other-industries/turnbull-governments-proposed-gay-marriage-bill-would-leave-bakers-and-florists-exposed/news-story/25e01a05d72c19af06221d8cf7d8d0de

    In Canada, same-sex marriage is destroying all other rights
    http://www.marriagealliance.com.au/canada_ssm_destroying_all_other_rights

    Barnaby Joyce tells same-sex marriage campaigners to ‘get out of my face’
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-11/barnaby-joyce-sick-of-same-sex-marriage-campaigners/8891366

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  2. Emmanuel Goldstein

    And yet many people going to the Charlottesville protests (for example) had their AirBnb reservations cancelled because the company didn’t like their politics. I guess what’s good for the goose doesn’t apply to the gander after all…

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