An Oregon judge has ruled against Melissa Klein, a Christian woman who refused to bake a wedding cake for lesbians at her bakery because of her Biblical beliefs.
A hearing in March will now decide the “damages” suffered by the lesbians to be levied against Klein.
According to CNS News:
Attorneys for Klein, owner with her husband Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., had sought to have the case dismissed and to be awarded $200,000 in legal costs and damages.
But Judge Alan McCullough refused and instead issued an interim order ahead of the March hearing that says the Kleins had “unlawfully discriminated against the same-sex couple by denying them full and equal access to a place of public accommodation,” under the Oregon Equality Act, according to The Oregonian.
Anna Harmon, one of the attorneys representing the claims, stated: “This is a wrong and dangerous result for religious liberty and rights of conscience in Oregon.”
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The Reverend Franklin Graham posted a Facebook comment slamming the ruling, saying that Aaron and Melissa were “simply living up to their convictions.”
He went on to say:
They have been forced to move their business to their home due to harassment from gay activists, and now the fines may completely bankrupt them. I pray that they will fight this all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, and that we as freedom-loving Americans would stand behind them with our prayers and financial support.
What do you think about the Oregon judge’s ruling?