Extortion racket: Bakery will have to pay gay couple up to $150K

Extortion racket: Bakery will have to pay gay couple up to $150K

[Ed. – This isn’t the price of freedom: it’s the cost of slavery.  Reminder: there was no discrimination here based on sexual orientation.  The bakery would have happily supplied a birthday cake to the same couple.  The bakers’ objection was to the theme of the cake, not the customers’ sexual orientation.]

Gresham bakery discriminated against a same-sex couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Monday.

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery will have to pay the couple up to $150,000, BOLI spokesman Charlie Burr said. The exact amount will be determined at a hearing on March 10.

In Jan. 2013, Laurel Bowman said Sweet Cakes refused to sell her and her fiancée a cake for their upcoming wedding.  …

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa will have to pay up to $75,000 per person who filed the complaint, which means the same-sex couple could be awarded up to $150,000, Burr said.

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