Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, who refused to bake a lesbian couple’s wedding cake because of their Christian beliefs, got some great news on Monday.
The U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the lower court’s decision. Religious rights once again prevailed over gay rights.
The Supremes handed the case back to the Oregon Court of Appeals, ordering the court to rethink the conclusions reached in 2017 where they supported the original verdict. The Kleins had been hit with a staggering $135,000 judgment for angering Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.
The lower courts somehow thought the Oregon version of their anti-discrimination laws would sidestep the issues raised in Colorado in nearly the same circumstances. The Supreme Court disagreed, sending Oregon back to look at their previous ruling on the same subject.
What the latest ruling highlights is that neither the Oregon or Colorado cases have anything to do with discrimination. It’s all about a strange liberal need to destroy anyone who believes something different.
The time, energy, headaches, lost sleep and money that goes into a lawsuit can be used to break a person and their business. There’s no need to become a two-year-old and have a temper tantrum because you’re told a merchant can’t complete your order. The bakery was forced to close over the incident.
The lesbians could have simply gone to another cake maker like a normal person might do. If, for some reason, the chosen cake maker couldn’t do it, just go to another one. It’s not that hard to do.
In the United States, businesses still have the right to refuse service to somebody for many reasons. Everyone has heard the phrase, “no shirt, no shoes, no service.”
Christianity and Christians have been persecuted since Christ showed up, the persecutions just take different forms. Some are more deadly than others.We can expect this to continue as long as man still behaves the same way.
The state court will have to come up with a new solution and potentially could still decide against the bakery owners again.The Supremes gave them a big hint to look their Colorado decision over carefully before they rule again. A Denver-area Christian baker who had refused to make a wedding cake for two gay men is virtually the same exact case.
Attorney Kelly Shackelford, representing the Kleins, called the decision a victory for his clients.
“The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.”
Jennifer Pizer, a lawyer with gay rights group Lambda Legal, expressed disappointment the court didn’t back up Oregon’s ruling.
“It is a longstanding legal rule that the freedom of religion is not a license for businesses to discriminate, and this is one more case about a wedding cake in which an anti-gay business owner is trying to use religious beliefs to excuse denying commercial services to a lesbian couple.”
There is still a third case pending review of the Supreme Court that will give the justices another chance to examine some of the broader, over-reaching questions. They haven’t yet decided to hear the appeal of a Washington state florist who similarly refused to sell a gay couple flowers for their wedding.
In another major case coming before the Supreme Court in the October term, the justices will determine if gay and transgender people have special protection under a federal employment law.