I didn’t cover this story at the time: a lesbian couple in the US created a stink because the bakery refused to make a “same-sex” wedding cake. It’s one of those manufactured outrage situations. A bit like pulling a ponytail, in a sense.
But now the whole thing has gone up several notches on the ‘you-gotta-be-kidding-me-ometer’
A judge in Oregon has concluded that the bakery owners who refused, for religious reasons, to make a cake for a gay wedding should be forced to pay [US]$135,000 in fines.
“[T]he forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the gay couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote Alan McCullough, a judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.
The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Aaron and Melissa Klein, who have seven children, say the exorbitant fine could force them into bankruptcy.
This decision even makes Graham McCready look like a legal scholar. Read more »