The state fined the bakers after determining they violated a 2007 OR law that protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. A broad religious exemption to this law would permit any business to deny service to anyone, rendering Oregon's protections against discrimination meaningless.
The Kleins appealed Avakian's decision, claiming that their religious beliefs do not allow them to support a same-sex wedding in any way, and that their free-speech rights would be abridged if they were compelled to apply their artistry in the service of such a wedding. Before issuing their ruling, the justices should read Thursday's Oregon Court of Appeals decision in a closely parallel case. On the Free Exercise claim, the court rejected the argument made by the Kleins that the law was created to target religion, thus heightening the level of judicial scrutiny required. The court found that no such intent could be determined, but this finding had no effect on Avakian's award of damages.
"Within Oregon's public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the freedom to fully participate in society", Avakian said. The Oregon decision shows how to achieve the right balance.
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The court affirmed the Oregon Bureau of Labor's ruling that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, located in Gresham, illegally discriminated against the couple and are liable for a $135,000 fine, reports The Register-Guard of Eugene.
The couple already paid the fine in December 2015, however, the Bureau of Labor and Industries was holding onto the money until all the appeals were settled.
"Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others", Mr. Shackelford said in a statement. The Kleins have directed us to no evidence whatsoever that ORS 659A.403 was enacted for the goal of singling out religiously motivated action, or that BOLI has selectively targeted religion in its enforcement of the statute.
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First Liberty, one of the nation's most prominent religious liberty law firms, represented the Kleins. They are considering this option, their attorneys said.
First Liberty Institute is the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.
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