The verdict is in: Sweet Cakes by Melissa, owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein of Gresham, Oregon, has been ordered to pay $135,000 to Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, a lesbian couple who were denied a cake by the bakery due to their sexual orientation.
This wraps up the controversial case, which first began in 2013 and reached critical mass earlier this year when supporters of both sides took to social media.
Under the Oregon anti-discrimination laws the bakery will have to pay for emotional damages caused to Cryer and Bowman.
According to the Huffington Post, The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries spokesman Charlie Burr explained that although Oregon law allows exceptions for religious institutions, the law “does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot legally deny service based on race, sex, age, disability or religion.”
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Sweet Cakes reacted to the fine on Facebook, saying it strips them of their First Amendment rights:
The bureau’s ruling upheld an earlier decision this year that Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against the two women on the basis of their sexual orientation.