'It's Just Ridiculous': Bakery Fined $135K for Refusing to Serve Gay Wedding
The Christian owners of an Oregon bakery are facing a hefty fine after refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding.
A complaint against Sweet Cakes By Melissa was filed after the owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, turned away a lesbian couple who requested a wedding cake in 2013.
The state ruled that the owners were discriminating against the couple based on their sexual orientation.
Fox News reported that the state has now ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 in damages to the lesbian couple and issued a gag order, which bans them from "speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions."
The couple told Sean Hannity tonight that they think the state of Oregon has violated their First Amendment rights.
"The state of Oregon violated our First Amendment rights, not only in the freedom of religion, but also the freedom of speech in this case," Aaron Klein said.
He explained they decided not to bake the cake for the lesbian couple because of their religious beliefs.
Melissa Klein added that they "are absolutely going to appeal this decision."
"But, honestly it’s just ridiculous," she said. "$135,000 for politely telling somebody, I’m sorry, I can’t basically participate in your event. It’s mind blowing."
Watch the full "Hannity" interview in the video clip above.