And we think we have dud judges here

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.

The gay couple filed a complaint and the Oregon bureau proceeded to charge that the Kleins had discriminated against the pair. This past January, a panel decided the Kleins had violated state law.

The gay couple said they had suffered emotional and mental damages — even physical harm — and set their claim at $135,000. Each of the women listed 90 separate damages they suffered when the Kleins refused to make the cake.

The damages include “acute loss of confidence,” “excessive sleep,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches.” One even said she started smoking again because of “worry.”

Because the [bakery] couple was forced to close their business, the $135,000 would come from their personal assets. The proposed fine now goes to the Labor Commission, which will make a final decision.

All I can say is that you know what you get when you have two women scorned…

…what a filthy pair of opportunistic


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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