US Couple Punished For Refusing To Bake Cake For Gay Wedding Wins In Supreme Court

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The United States Supreme Court on Monday, handed religious liberty advocates a victory when it dismissed a lower court’s opinion that had ordered a Christian baker to design a cake for a same-sex wedding.

The case involves bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein who were punished with a $135,000 fine for refusing to create a same-sex wedding cake in 2013 for a lesbian couple.

The Kleins eventually closed their business, known as “Sweet Cakes by Melissa.”

The legal fight over the case went up to the high court on Monday where the justices threw out a previous state court ruling against the Kleins, sending the case back down to that court in Oregon.

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The Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph order vacating the judgment and sending it back down to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

“The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the Court of Appeals of Oregon for further consideration in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n,” the unsigned order read.

The justices say the state court needs to reconsider the case in light of last year’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The court had ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed anti-religious bias against Christian baker Jack Phillips. Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated hostility toward religion when it ordered bakery owner Jack Phillips to design the cake.

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The Oregon appellate court ruling came before the high court’s decision in the Phillips’ case.

Christian bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein were forced to close shop after a lawsuit for refusing to bake same-sex cake.
Christian bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein were forced to close shop after a lawsuit for refusing to bake same-sex cake.

The Supreme Court decision is being called a win for religious freedom.

The Kleins are represented by First Liberty Institute.

Kelley Shackelford, president, CEO, and chief counsel of First Liberty Institute, the non-profit law group which represented the Kleins, called Monday’s Supreme Court decision “a victory for the religious liberty of all Americans.”

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“This is a victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans,” Shackelford said. “The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the Court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. What type of evil people go to businesses that they KNOW are against their lifestyle and make an issues to becoming a major court battle in the first place?” WHY would lesbians go to a CHRISTIAN bakery? It’s to start trouble…There are lots of gay run businesses and probably bakery’s to make cakes.

    Would a gay bakery refuse to make a cake that had CHRISTIAN themes on it that condemned homosexuality? They probably would have done the same thing. But I would bet CHRISTIANS wouldn’t be going to a gay bakery probably in the first place for a cake, I can bet you that…

  2. This is very good. Whoever introduced this gay marriage or supported it went contrary to God’s Will. God’s Judgement is coming. People should repent from their evil ways before it is too late.

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