Bakers receive sweet message from SCOTUS

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Aaron and Melissa Klein 2 (Oregon bakers)A religious liberty law firm is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to throw out a ruling by an Oregon court that punished Christian bakers for refusing to make a wedding cake for two lesbians.

The case involves bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein (pictured), who were forced to pay a $135,000 judgment to the couple for declining to create a cake for them in 2013. That ruling forced the Kleins to close their Portland-area business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. But on Monday the high court issued an order directing the Oregon appellate court to revisit the case.

Jeremy Dys is deputy general counsel of First Liberty Institute, which along with Boyden Gray & Associates is representing the Kleins.

Dys

"The justices agreed with our petition that there was something wrong done to the Kleins here," the attorney begins. "They vacated the opinion of the Oregon Court of Appeals, saying they disagreed with the way the court there handled the case – and they remanded the case and said they followed the wrong law."

Dys explains that the Supreme Court order directs appellate judges in Oregon to reconsider the Klein's case in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision out of Colorado.

The First Liberty counsel tells OneNewsNow that "once they've reviewed the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, they should come away with a decision that says that the $135,000 penalty – along with a lot of the other stuff that the Bureau of Labor and Industries did toward them in this process – was religious hostility in much the same way that the Colorado [Civil Rights] Commission was hostile towards Jack Phillips."

First Liberty chief counsel Kelly Shackelford adds that the message from America's highest court is clear: "Government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated."

OneNewsNow reported earlier this month that the Supreme Court is being asked to take up another highly publicized case involving a Christian florist in Washington state who declined to participate in a same-sex "wedding," citing her views on traditional marriage.

More details about the Klein's case

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