Oregon Bakers Who Denied Lesbian Couple Service Petition to Avoid Paying Damages

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Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes. Photo via YouTube Still.

A bakery in Oregon who refused service to a lesbian couple and lost a court case is petitioning in court to avoid paying damages.

Melissa and Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer because of their religious beliefs, according to PinkNews. The Kleins later lost both the case and the appeal, which resulted in them having to pay $135,000 in emotional damages.

The petition alleges that the Kleins should be allowed to exercise religious freedom.

“Forcing artists to design and create custom wedding cakes to celebrate marriage rituals that are incompatible with the artists’ sincerely held religious beliefs abridges the freedom of speech and association protected by the First Amendment,” the petition states.

Lambda Legal, who supported the couple along with The Bureau of Labor, criticized the decision by Sweet Cakes to petition the decision.

“Within Oregon’s public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the freedom to fully participate in society,” Lambda Legal spokesperson Charlie Burr said.

Sweet Cakes raised the money online with the help of the anti-gay group the American Family Association, according to PinkNews. It is unclear what the money raised will go toward with the petition in progress.

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