The Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple faces about $150,000 in fines that apparently could bankrupt the owners.
The legal wrangling got started when owners Aaron and Melissa Klein, who are Christians, declined a repeat customer’s order for a same-sex wedding cake in February 2013 because they believe in traditional marriage. The same-sex couple filed a complaint under the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
In January 2014, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries determined that the Kleins illegally discriminated against the same-sex couple. The Kleins are due in court on October 7 before a state administrative law judge.
The Kleins, who have five children, claim that the government is violating their constitutionally protected right to religious freedom under the First Amendment.