The owner of a bakery in Oregon is under investigation by state authorities after a lesbian couple complained he declined their order for a wedding cake.
One of the two prospective wives submitted a complaint, in which she alleges Aaron Klein called them “abominations.”
Klein denied he ever said that, though he does concede he refused to make them a cake.
“I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages,” he said, adding he holds no animosity against them but the issue is “just something I believe in very strongly.”
Though state law prohibits a business to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, Klein contends constitutional provisions should supersede it.
“My First Amendment rights allow me to practice my religion as I see fit,” he explained.
As a strong proponent of states’ rights, I believe Oregon should be able to enact experimental laws that might be unpopular in other regions of the country. That provision should be limited, however, to any ordinance that does not run contrary to the Bill of Rights.
When a private entrepreneur is forced – under penalty of law – to conduct his business in violation of his religious beliefs, the law in question should be declared unconstitutional.
Unfortunately, as Hobby Lobby and other Christian-owned retailers learned during the implementation of ObamaCare, a rogue government left unchecked can and will violate supposedly inalienable rights in the pursuit of even more power.
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