Oregon bakery owners pay damages in gay wedding cake case

December 29, 2015 5:23 am

 Baker refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer because of her beliefs. Photo / iStock

Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have
paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages after refusing to do so for
nearly six months.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries says Aaron
Klein, co-owner of the Portland-area bakery, dropped off a check Monday
for $136,927.07 ($199,600), including interest. Klein also paid $7000
this month.
Damages were awarded in July for emotional suffering
caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to make a
wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer. The bakers said their
refusal was prompted by religious beliefs.
A 2007 Oregon law
protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people
in employment, housing and public accommodations. The state ruled it
also bars private businesses from discriminating against potential
Klein’s lawyer Anna Harmon could not be reached for comment.

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